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Nigerian traders in Ghana will get justice: Nigerian VP

In August, 50 shops owned by foreigners closed down in Ghana as country introduces new regulations for foreign traders

16.09.2020
Nigerian traders in Ghana will get justice: Nigerian VP

ANKARA

Nigeria’s vice president on Wednesday said that those Nigerian traders, who are facing recent business regulations imposed by Ghanaian authorities, “will get justice,” local media reported.

“I will certainly convey the depth of your grievances to the President,” the Daily Post website quoted Yemi Osinbajo as saying during a meeting with representatives of the Nigerian community in Ghana.

“He [the president] will be deeply disturbed to hear that despite the assurances that he had received [from the Ghanaian government], there are still problems and complications,” he added.

Foreign traders are required to pay a $1 million registration fee under the new regulations, according to an earlier report by the Daily Post.

The Ghanaian Times last month reported that more than 50 shops owned by foreigners were closed down for “operating without the relevant documents.”

According to the Ghanaian Times, Prince Boakye-Boateng, the public relations officer at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, said the shops were closed down due to the “failure of the affected foreign traders to regularise their business.”

“What I can say to you is that this is a matter that concerns the government very greatly…your welfare concerns us greatly,” Osinbajo said at the meeting.

Osinbajo has urged the affected Nigerian traders to submit a more detailed letter including the number of the affected Nigerians-owned shops as well as other relevant information that would help the Nigerian government to follow-up effectively, according to the Daily Post.

He appealed to his nationals based in Ghana to remain law-abiding.

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