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|Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by chidima2019: 5:33am On Oct 20, 2018|
Recently, a delegation of Nigerian traders in Ghana, led by the president of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG), Chukwuemeka Nnaji, were in Abuja to appeal to President Buhari, through his Senior Special Adviser on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri- Erewa, to intervene in the ongoing face-off between Nigerian traders in Ghana, the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) and the task force, among others, regarding the implementation of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) laws, which has led to the indefinite closure of their shops.
Some of them recounted their ordeal and why urgent action should be taken to restore law and order in the affected markets in the Ashante Region to prevent escalation of the conflict.
Section 27, Subsection 1 of the GIPC law says a person who is not a citizen or an enterprise, which is not wholly owned by citizens, shall not invest or participate in the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place; operate a taxi or car hire service in an enterprise that has a fleet of less than 25 vehicles; operation a beauty salon or barber shop, print recharge cards for the use of subscribers of telecommunication services, produce exercise books and other basic stationary, retail finished pharmaceutical products or produce, supply and retail sachet water and all aspects of pool-betting business and lotteries, except football pool.
It added that the Minister, in consultation with the Board, might, by legislative instrument, amend the list of enterprises reserved for citizens and enterprises wholly owned by citizens.
Section 28 of the GIPC law says,
(1) A person who is not a citizen may participate in an enterprise specified in Section 27 if that person (a) in the case of a joint enterprise with a partner who is a citizen, invests a foreign capital of not less than $200,000 in cash or capital goods relevant to the investment or a combination of both by way of equity participation, and the partner, who is a citizen, does not have less than 10 per cent equity participation in the joint enterprise; or (b) where the enterprise is wholly owned by that person, invests a foreign capital of not less than $500,000 in cash or capital goods relevant to the investment or a combination of both by way of equity capital in the enterprise.
(2) A person who is not a citizen may engage in a trading enterprise if that person invests in the enterprise, not less than $1million in cash or goods and services relevant to the investments.
It was based on issues emanating from the aforementioned sections that is the bone of contention between Nigerian traders, whose country is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and GUTA/member of the task force, who locked up Nigerian’s shops, particularly in the Ashante Region.
Chapter 1 of ECOWAS Treaty said the right of establishment means the right granted to a citizens who is a national of the member state settled or establish in another member state other than his state of origin and to have access to economic activities, to carry out these activities, as well as set up and manage enterprises and particular companies, under the same conditions as defined by the legislation of the host member state for its own nationals.
Nnaji said, “So much money has been paid to Ghanaian authorities in the last two months. We came to Abuja last time with all kinds of receipts, of people paying as much as $1,600 as tax. Those who ought to pay $2,000 per month, they raised it to $5,000, which is unbearable. This is just a shop where you sell your goods. Our losses run into millions of dollars, as about 400 shops affected are under lock and key, while those whose shops are not locked are losing a lot to competitors. Our people are walking with fear on the streets of Accra right now. This is not exaggeration.”
He disclosed that the Act is simply targeting foreigners. “When they say Nigerians should comply with the GIPC law, what they are just saying is that Nigerians should go to Ghana Embassy to obtain a visa before traveling to Ghana, which shouldn’t be so.”
He insisted that Nigerian traders are not contravening any law and it is actually the ECOWAS that is not doing its work by allowing the breach of its protocol on the right of establishment by Ghana.
He recalled that when the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) in Ghana came to his office, he asked what they came to do and they said that they came to find out those who had registered their businesses. “Did we contravene any law? We have all registered our businesses. If there is anybody who did not register, they should follow up on that.”
He said it is very expensive to register a company in Ghana as a Nigerian, as it costs at least $5,000; hence he has advised his members to join hands to register their companies with the appropriate authorities.
On the issue of adulterated drugs, he said Nigerians in the whole of West Africa have the highest control when it comes to drugs, “It is not a country thing; it is an individual. If there is anybody that is found selling adulterated drugs, let the authorities in charge deal with the person according to the law.”
He dismissed allegations that Nigerians were bringing substandard products into Ghana, stressing that when the authorities went to the shops of Ghanaians, they did not find any difference in quality of goods in the shops of Ghanaians and of Nigerians traders. He disclosed that the shops that were locked in Suame were spare parts shops and those who locked those shops were their rivals.
Vice President, NUTAG, Ikechukwu Obiora, regretted that the government was finding it difficult to restore law and order in the affected areas and urged the Nigerian government to come to their aid, as GUTA had given Nigerian traders three months to pack out from the market. “The very few shops that are opened, they coerced them to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that they would leave their market in Kumasi after three months, if not, they will come and lock their shops.”
Secretary General of NUTAG, Evaristus Nwankwo, said what is happening in Ghana is a complete rejection of what ECOWAS stands for, alleging that Ghanaians are using the GIPC law to take Nigerians off trading in Ghana. “They are demanding so many things. Even those who have those things they say they will not trade because their shops are located in areas exclusively meant for Ghanaians. Even in the Ashanti Region where they said the shops have been reopened is untrue. “The Police came and opened some Nigerian’s traders shops, but immediately they left, GUTA thugs came there and broke one of the traders’ head. They used welding machine to break those shops. Our members reported to the Police and the Police didn’t do anything.”
“In spite of all these provocations, we have been telling our members to maintain civility and their maturity is very commendable.”
National Secretary of GUTA and 2nd National Organiser of the Ghana Task Force, Jeff Kwame Gyasi, told The Guardian that Ghana has several laws governing and regulating the retail trade which have been grossly abused by foreigners across board; hence the need to sanitise the system. “For the last 30 years, trading associations have had to fight successive governments over negligence of its own laws. The core mandate of the task force was to educate, guide and help foreigners be compliant to all the laws governing trading. We are not treating anybody different from the others. The ECOWAS citizens have advantage over the non-Africans because of the sub-regional integration and the ECOWAS protocols. We only want them to abide, follow and obey whatever we the citizens do. Moreover, we expect them not to do what they cannot, will not and shall not do in their various countries.”
He emphasised that not only Nigerians are affected, just that they are in the greater number in Ghana, saying, “There are around five million Nigerians in Ghana. The second largest numbers of foreigners are the Chinese, who are engaged in galamsey (illegal mining) and most of them have been deported back to China.” He added that shops of those who have been compliant are opened, even from 60 per cent tax compliant have been opened.
Meanwhile, Dabiri- Erewa disclosed that she had met with the officials of NUTAG and was going to present their petitions to the President, saying, “Everything has to be done to resolve this issue as they are ECOWAS citizens. It is a different thing if they committed a crime but these are just traders who have lost so much since July. I learnt a woman even committed suicide because of this issue.” She appealed to the Nigerian traders not to take the laws into their hands.
“I feel sorry for them. If Ghana doesn’t want them, just tell them you don’t want them, rather saying you will do this today and you don’t do it. Our President spoke with the Ghanaian President and the latter assured that the shops would be reopened. In fact, on September 27, instructions were given that the shops be reopened.” She regretted that the instruction wasn’t obeyed, saying, “There is a bit of political undertone, but I believe Ghana’s president will do the right thing.”
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by ShameOnAPC: 6:06am On Oct 20, 2018|
To the mod that ban me for replying the idiot(APC) guy that quote me, be careful, seems you're bias
Do you want me to decree into your life that Seun Osewa should manage your life the way Buhari and APC is managing Nigeria? Last warning
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by wickyyolo: 6:25am On Oct 20, 2018|
The whole of Africa is jealous of Nigerians
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|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Lincoln275(m): 7:51am On Oct 20, 2018|
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Splasshhh(f): 7:51am On Oct 20, 2018|
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Triniti(m): 7:53am On Oct 20, 2018|
This mumu Ghanaian president has ruined the little economic boast his country had before he came onboard, he just increased tax on everything in Ghana starting from next month,beer,recharge card,hotels and so many other things prices will be going up. Saying foreigners must invest $1million as if there’s any Ghanaian that can boast of that amount in his/her account, the people are crying already, lamenting even on social media that the man has ruin them. They have vowed to send him out of office come 2020
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by awa(m): 7:53am On Oct 20, 2018|
Why don't these Traders come back home?? When we tell them how bad PMB have bastardized thing in Naija they will think otherwise and shout sai Baba....imagine Ghana of yesterday treating Nigerians like Poo
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Nobody: 7:54am On Oct 20, 2018|
Let's scrap ECOWAS. What does Nigeria gain from the agreement, if not just freedom of movement?
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by xpress(m): 7:55am On Oct 20, 2018|
Ghana....still better than Nigeria
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by awa(m): 7:56am On Oct 20, 2018|
Nobody is jealous as far I am concerned. Nigerians are just loosing their reputations in the comity of nations due to bad leadership and nepotism at home.
Tomorrow South Africa will start their Xenophobia and we will think it is about jealous....I weep for Nigeria
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|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Bentoli(m): 8:02am On Oct 20, 2018|
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by sharone21(f): 8:03am On Oct 20, 2018|
A lingering case for long. Fear of Nigerians dominating their retail market etc.
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by arabbunkum: 8:05am On Oct 20, 2018|
See ordinary Ghana dey take Nigeria play. This Buhari sef
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|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by wink2015: 8:07am On Oct 20, 2018|
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by frankfrancis871: 8:08am On Oct 20, 2018|
Nonsense, absolutely nonsense! These pOOrliticians care less because majority of them come from wrong tribe, we in the north and north central (M.B) can relate to this wickedness and jealousy! Only Biafra will save Igbos when Biafra comes, they will beg us to come back, Africa seems cursed because they hate development!
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by chuddyforlife(m): 8:13am On Oct 20, 2018|
God bless you for this comment
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Whataworld: 8:13am On Oct 20, 2018|
xpress:This scams broker..
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by sweetilicious(f): 8:19am On Oct 20, 2018|
wickyyolo:This is not jealousy.We are loosing it
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Mccullum: 8:21am On Oct 20, 2018|
No country is ordinary, a sovereign state can't be classified as ordinary, it left Nigeria to find ways on how to reciprocate diplomatically.
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by foreshore(m): 8:29am On Oct 20, 2018|
If Ghana can try this shit with Nigeria only comes to show how lifeless our president has become. Its a pity!!!
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by lagdmark(m): 8:31am On Oct 20, 2018|
wickyyolo:Gbam!. Even here in Europe Ghana fear naija pass Oyinbo.
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Billygee2u: 8:40am On Oct 20, 2018|
arabbunkum:no be zombies say Buhari is ECOWAS chairman?
they have seen that tyrant Buhari is lifeless.
I now see reasons why Trump called him lifeless
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Nobody: 8:42am On Oct 20, 2018|
Either Nigerians over there leave Ghana and come home or we pull out of ECOWAS. The policy of Ghana is to ensure that small scale businesses are owned and runned by their citizens this contravene ECOWAS act as posted above. We have two options;
1. Leave Ghana and come home
2. Threaten to pull out of ECOWAS to pass a message.
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Hassan88(m): 8:51am On Oct 20, 2018|
arabbunkum:Ghana is not ordinary again and some of our young Nigerian here are not helping matters. They constitute nuisance. everywhere. Ghanians are very scared of our boy here.
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by V0lv0(f): 8:56am On Oct 20, 2018|
I wish they could scrap this Ecowas rubbish as it does not bring any benefit to Ghana in any way.
Ghana must first look at what benefits her citizens first and there is anything wrong in a country benefiting it's own citizens first and we are allowed to do this and Ecowas rule cannot overrule a country's own rule if it will be to the detriment of it's own citizens.
Nigerians can either abide by the rules of the country they are based in or go back to their country. If it was the other way around and this was happening in Nigeria they would be a Ghana must go 2.
This is not about hate or envy but doing what's best for the country's citizens.
How I wish they could scrap this Ecowas nonsense as it has opened the door to so many unlawful and criminal elements in our society too.
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by vaxx: 9:14am On Oct 20, 2018|
Triniti:What can a government do with 1.5% of its total tax revenue? What are its options for funding? What can a government do to improve the lives of ordinary Ghanaians with 1.5% of its revenue left for everything else? And what do you prioritise?
I am afraid that akuffo led goverment is the worst Ghana has ever had since democracy begin. It is currently a big burden for Ghanaians now.
And in regards to the Nigeria traders, ECOWAS (economic of weak west African state ) it is a weak regional organization that has failed many times over. If the goal of Ecowas is to promote trade among the 15 member countries, then it is a useless organization and Ghana will have no part of it. Since the formation of Ecowas in 1975 in Abuja, Nigeria, to facilitate trade among its 15 member states, only 12% trade goes on in the region.
The Ghanaian government has established the issuing of Ecowas passport, where none of the Ecowas protocol has been met. Presently, the 90-day requirement of free movement of Ecowas nationals has allowed the influx of vagabonds at the shores of Ghana; Ecowas nationals of Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, and all the nearby countries are unduly exploiting this loophole to satisfy their own whims and caprices.
Ghana belongs to Ghanaians, and the laws of Ghana must be respected at all cost. If the laws say, no foreign nationals are permitted in retail trade, that is exactly what it means, no ifs or but. And It is the same with nigeria trade union but since Ghanaians are in minority compare to Nigerians in ghana make it non problem in Nigeria.but in all honesty. Many Nigeria are reallly not paying taxes as well. They were report on this case before.
And This current clueless NPP government of Ghana is to blame for all this current problem. How can a African regional organization that does not respect its own protocols be allowed to terrorize the people of Ghana? Let us talk about armed robbery, guns, and gang rapes of Ghanaian women. These crimes that are prevalent in nearby countries are now imported into Ghana due to this one weak Ecowas. To hell with Ecowas. ........pls note I am a dual citizen
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Horus(m): 9:56am On Oct 20, 2018|
Nigerian traders in Ghana seek redress in ECOWAS protocol
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Just30: 10:04am On Oct 20, 2018|
Triniti:will yo shut your mouth over there and go back to your country
This ECOWAS thing is nonsense
it has brought in too many nuisance into Ghana
First it was Liberians, then it became Nigerians
followed by Ivorians
This government is the first government in Ghana that is going to make sure
Every single law on the books of Ghana are enforced .... Nigerians can cry wolf all they can
Have Nigeria removed it stupid import ban list ...?
Youre here crying wolf
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by wowcatty: 10:27am On Oct 20, 2018|
Smart Ghanaians, they don't want some ingrates to take advantage of their purchase power and then throw it in their face. This is exactly what Yoruba should have been doing on local level and can still do to send these leeches packing or cut to size.
And to the those banking on ECOWAS to save them when Nigeria breaks, hope you can see how it's saving you already. I bet you will never get it that you can't make a sovereign nation agree to your rules, you will have to make it attractive to them, and an important country like Yoruba/Omoluabi will lead while those like the dead and forgotten unproductive barren Biafra will follow.
More power to Ghana fumigating the damn pests.
|Re: Nigerian Traders In Ghana Kick Against Non-compliance With ECOWAS’ Protocols by Triniti(m): 11:06am On Oct 20, 2018|
Just30:You are a stupid slowpoke if this is the way you drive home your point, how can a government increase tax without due consultation with the relevant authorities? Do you even read the news in Ghana? You just open that purile gutter you call mouth and start taking jabs about other Africans. Have you bothered to counter the Chinese damaging the whole body of water in your country in the name of mining? You only jump and mastubate whenever the name Nigeria is mentioned......recently all the business in Ghana has been trying to get the government see reasons why there should be reduction in taxes. Let ECOWAS come together and dissolve this free trade thing let’s see if Ghanaians can be able to survive it
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