The Ghana Union of Traders Affiliation (GUTA), has warned of heightened tensions in Ghana’s retail industry if the authorities does not intervene in the protracted feud towards Nigerian traders.
The warning was produced when the Association’s president, fulfilled with members and executives soon after the arrest and release of some traders who experienced earlier closed outlets belonging to Nigerian retailers.
“We can’t sit and check out these Nigerian shops split our retail regulations. Govt has been disappointing in working with this challenge. We have been civil all this though but we are jogging out of patience,” President of GUTA, Dr Joseph Obeng warned.
Some Ghanaian traders had been arrested previously by the Accra Regional Law enforcement for closing down some shops belonging to Nigerian retail traders.
The traders, numbering 20, ended up afterwards released. Co-chair of the Ghana Spare Pieces Dealers, Clement Boateng described the arrests as “a slap on the encounter of Ghanaian traders” who are bent on guaranteeing rules pertaining to retail trade are upheld.
So considerably, the federal government has been criticized for remaining lenient with existing retail regulations which instructs that retail trading should be the sole preserve of Ghanaians.
Talking to JoyBusinessCEO of the Ghana Financial investment Marketing Centre (GIPC), Yoofi Grant claimed techniques been taken to deal with the feud. In accordance to him, “talks with the Nigerian Substantial Commission are underway to be certain sanity in the retail space.” Yoofi Grant argues that a lot is becoming performed to fulfill the needs of GUTA for this reason the have to have for tranquil.
The regulation prohibits non-Ghanaians from participating in retail trade in the jurisdiction. Governments have, nonetheless, located it challenging to carry out the legislation, triggering the traders to go rogue on a seasonal basis.
A lot of, together with foreign nationals, have argued the legislation is opposite to the ECOWAS provision on the absolutely free movement of products and folks throughout the sub-region. The Ghana Union of Traders Association backed the motion by the Kumasi traders.
Section 27(1) of the Ghana Investments Trade and Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865 states “a person who is not a citizen or organization which is not wholly owned by citizens shall not devote or take part in sale of products or provision of provider in a marketplace, petty buying and selling or hawking or selling of products in a retail store.” But this provision, in accordance to the Ghanaian traders, is currently being blatantly flouted by the Nigerians.