The Federal Government, on Saturday, summoned the Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Rashid Bawa, over the lingering crisis between Nigerian and Ghanaian traders in Ghana.
The government’s action followed the closure of more than 400 Nigerian businesses in Ghana which resulted to protest by the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) and Nigerian Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG).
The crisis had not abated in spite of the assurance of Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo to President Muhammadu Buhari on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, in New York, United States of America, that the shops that were shut were going to be reopened.
In his remarks, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said there were conflicting reports concerning the reopening of the shops.
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Onyeama said the High Commissioner of Ghana was invited to brief the government on the current situation regarding the closure of the businesses.
Responding, Bawa said he was in Ghana and visited the areas where the crisis took place.
Bawa added that almost 80 to 85 percent of the shops that were locked have been reopened, even as he said the process of reopening the shops is ongoing.
Ghanaian authorities, Bawa added, were also making moves to ensure that Nigerian traders in Ghana were registered and granted residence permit.
Bawa said: “I was in Accra at the invitation of the president to go and have a look at what was happening on the ground. I spent two days on the ground, meeting with all stakeholders.
“Some of the shops at the time I visited ten days ago have been opened. Some have not yet been opened. Opening of shops are still ongoing as we speak.
“Those that have not been opened are locked because owners were not present at their shops. GUTA wants to open the shops with owners present.
“I can say that about 80 to 85 percent of shops that were locked have been opened. We insisted that before shops are open, the owners should be there.”
On the reports that a Nigerian trader, Mrs. Stella Ogonna Okpalaeke, a mother of three and an indigene of Nnewi, in Anambra State, committed suicide on September 22, 2018, as a result of the crisis, Bawa dismissed the reports
FG summons Ghanaian High Commissioner