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Osinbajo: Buhari govt not aware Nigerians’ shops still closed in Ghana

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has told Nigerian traders in Ghana that the Federal Government is not aware that their shops remained closed despite talks between President Muhammadu Buhari and President Nana Akuffo Addo of Ghana.

Vice President Osibanjo stateed this during a chat with the Nigerian Community in Ghana.

ElombahNews reported earlier that Osinbajo is in Ghana for the Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Mali’s political crisis.

The president of The Nigerian Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG), Emeka Nnaji, had lamented that Nigerians have resorted to begging following the closure of their shops by the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA).

The president of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) Ken Ukaoha noted that it is so sad that despite the diplomatic engagement between Nigerian Governments and the Ghanaian Government their shops are still under lock and key.

He said: “Over 260 shops belonging to Nigerian traders are still locked by Ghanaian officials in spite of the visit of Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives (Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila), the visit and meeting between Ghanaian Ministers and Nigerian Ministers, and the intervention calls by President Buhari to President Nana Akoufu Addo.

“It has therefore become very clear that Ghana is bent on destroying the investments of Nigerian traders in Ghana.

“It is almost abundantly clear that the ECOWAS trade and economic integration process may just remain a mere creed than reality… What a shame.”

Reacting, Osinbajo expressed surprise at the development, saying the Nigerian Government is not aware.

He, however, assured that justice will be done and urging them to remain calm and not take provocative measures.

Recall that the Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila was in Ghana on a diplomatic mission to resolve the politico-economic tension building between the two neighbouring countries.

Gbajabiamila had implored the government of Ghana to review the law requiring businesses to have a capital base of one million dollars before they can start business.

He had said: “We encourage you to revisit the component of the law that requires a capital base of $1,000,000.

“We are all African. We all have towns and villages and know only too well that the majority of our traders across the continent are petty traders.

“The prospect of them being able to raise a capital base of one million dollars before they can trade in goods that may be worth less than one thousand dollars clearly is a major challenge.”

All pleas, nonetheless, fell on deaf ears as the Ghanaian Government has remained adamant and kept the Nigerian traders stranded.

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