Border Closure: Ghana Traders Shut Nigerian Owned Shops in Retaliation 

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Some Ghanaian traders under the umbrella of Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) on Thursday shut down shops owned by Nigerians in Kumasi.

According to Ghanaian online news, GhanaWeb.com, the irate traders said they took the decision because of the failure of security agencies to do their work.

The news outlet noted that foreign retailers flouted section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865 which stipulates that the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place must be reserved for Ghanaians.

The law also bans foreigners from operating taxis, beauty salons, selling medicine, production and sale of sachet water, among others.

The markets where Nigerian traders were shut out were in Kejetia, Suame Magazine, Adum and Asafo markets, according to the report.

However, many say the action by GUTA is in retaliation to the Nigerian government’s decision to close its land borders indefinitely.

Ghanaian government has been calling on Nigeria to open her border to allow goods from Ghana enter Nigeria.

Also, GUTA recently called on Ghanaians to boycott goods coming into the country from Nigeria in retaliation to border closure.