11 November 2020 By Mathew Ayoola
The National Association of Nigerian Traders, NANTS, has called for the evacuation of Nigerian traders and their investment from Ghana.
The National President of NANTS, Doctor Ken Ukoaha made the call while briefing newsmen after his meeting with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo in Abuja.
Doctor Ukoaha enjoined Nigerian Government to liase with relevant Ghanian Authority to ensure that their goods and property were not left behind but fully safeguarded and moved back to Nigeria.
He also urged the Government to make adequate provisions for temporary allocations in the various States where the affected traders could relocate their businesses and start life afresh.
Doctor Ukoaha also called for the setting up of an Inter-Ministerial Committee to ensure smooth evacuation process and ensure that all COVID 19 protocols were maintained.
While explaining that 753 Nigerian traders have indicated interest to be evacuated from Ghana, the NANTS President emphasized the need for urgent action to prevent their goods from getting expired.
In a remark, the Chairman of Nigerian Traders in Ghana, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji said over 250 shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana had been closed since 2007 even after meeting the necessary requirements put in place by Ghanian Authorities
Chief Nnaji who expressed concern that Nationals of other countries were not given the same treatment said Nigerian traders have been passing through difficulties since their shops and means of livelihood had been affected by the Ghanian trade policy.
He however commended the steps taken so far by Nigerian Government to resolve the issue.