Nigerian Traders in Ghana Protest at ECOWAS Secretariat Over Victimization
Some Nigerian traders plying their trade in Ghana, have taken to the streets to protest against what they call unfair treatment at the hands of some Ghanaians.This is coming after tensions between Ghana and Nigeria went over the roof, following the demolition of the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana by some unknown men.
After the demolition, some concerned Nigerians on Monday, June 22, converged on the High Commission’s premises in Accra to make known their displeasure over current happenings and the demolition.
The protesters, mostly Nigerians, are condemning the closure of their retail businesses in Ghana.
Some of the protesters were chanting “we can’t breathe,” as they engaged the press. “We are surviving by friends and sometimes we give them goods and they give us money,” one of them said to the press.
Their shops were closed in the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Act (865).
But Nigerian traders had argued that the ECOWAS protocol, which allows the free movement of people, goods, and services in West African countries, also allows them to trade in Ghana.
The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) and particularly Nigerian traders in the country have been at odds because of this issue. The current diplomatic tension between Ghana and Nigeria has yet to settle.