Do not review retail law to favour Nigerians & other foreigners-GUTA to Prez
The Ghana Union of Traders (GUTA) has asked President Akufo-Addo not be swayed in reconsidering the law that prevents foreigners from engaging in the retail trade in the Ghanaian market.
GUTA says the law must be strictly enforced and not be reviewed to favour any foreigner.
GUTA in commending the president following his appointment as ECOWAS chair asked him to remain firm and allow the Nigerian authorities to persuade, him to allow Nigerians to operate in our retail market.
Public Relations officer of GUTA Mr. Albert Mensah in an interview on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5 Fm, said the president is a lawyer who understands the law and will not allow Nigerians to determine how we should implement our trade laws.
On August 17, 2020, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama in a tweet expressed his government’s displeasure with a video that went viral showing the closure of some shops that allegedly belong to Nigerian traders in Ghana.
Ghanaian and Nigerian traders have been at each other’s throat over Nigerians engagement in retail trading.
GUTA recently closed shops of Nigerians insisting they had no business engaging in the retail market.
Nigeria’s Speaker of House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, in his visit to Ghana suggested to the Parliamentary leadership of Ghana to reconsider the legislation that imposes a huge surcharge on foreigners who intend to trade in Ghana.
In his statement to President Akufo-Addo, he said he has he suggested to the Parliament of Ghana to reconsider the law saying: “We have appealed to Parliament that if it is possible at all, and it is an appeal if it is possible at all to please look again at the issues as far as the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Act is concerned, then they should please do so. If it is not possible, then let us look at ways where the pain can be a little bit reduced, or the difficulties in meeting those expectations espoused in the law can be reduced.”
“We have proffered suggestions which we are working on, one of which is, as he did mention, was the establishment of a Ghana, Nigeria Business Council backed by legislation on both sides,” the Nigerian Speaker of the House of Representatives addressed.
President Akufo-Addo assured the Nigerian Speaker of the House of Representatives and his delegation that all the suggestions they had made from the establishment of the Ghana-Nigerian Business Council to legislative reviews are all welcomed, and they would be given opportune attention by his government.
“The review that you are asking for, why not? If that is worth doing from our mutual perspectives, it will make a lot of sense, so you can take it for granted that the request that you have made will be treated seriously and we will have a look at it,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
But the PRO of GUTA says members will advise themselves should the law be reviewed to favour the Nigerians.
”No foreigner should travel to Ghana which is a sovereign country and tell us how we should implement our laws. We cannot allow Nigerians to be engaging in the retail market. We know President Akufo-Addo will not change the law. He cannot do that and he should not do that. Someone enacted the law and it is expected that all governments enforce it. ”