Nigerian traders in Ghana have been told that their plight has been noted and that they will not be abandoned by the Nigerian Government.
This message of sympathy is from the office of the interior minister, Rauf Aregbesola, who asked that the traders remain patient with the Federal Government of Nigeria, as it is in talks with relevant Ghanaian authorities on the matter.
Aregbesola’s message was passed to the traders via the Nigerian Traders Association in Ghana, whose representatives visited the office of the minister in Abuja Tuesday, led by the association’s National President, Ken Ukaoha.
The minister told the delegates that the government was working closely with the Ghanaian Government to ensure that their ordeal is mitigated.
He reminded them that the Nigerian Government hadn’t forgotten them, stating that their “pains cannot endure.”
He said, “Your pains cannot endure, we will not abandon you, no stone is being left unturned to remove the pains you are passing through in Ghana.”
The traders have been advised to remain in the country and do what they can to contribute to the development of the country, while the government of Nigeria works to ameliorate their plight.
The Ghanaian Govt’s Demands
Nigerian Traders in Ghana had been asked, by the Ghanaian Government, to pay the sum of $1 million – a sum required by foreign traders doing business in the Gold Coast – with many failing to pay and having their shops locked up since 2019.
According to the Ghanaian Government, the required sum was for the Ghana Promotion Investment Council (GIPC) registration, and no trader of foreign origins will be allowed to trade without fulfilling that requirement.
Ukaoha said that the intercession of Nigerian representatives has done nothing to fix the situation.
He added that 753 Nigerians were ready to leave Ghana because of the ongoing issue, prompting the minister to sue for more time.
Ukaoha said, “If we react proportionately to the way we have been treated in Ghana, it might lead to a serious crisis.”