Authorities in Ghana have made it clear that Nigerian traders who are shop owners in the country must pay taxes and other fees imposed on them.
The claims of unfair treatment on the traders in the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council regulations has been disputed by the Ghana Ministry of Trades as untrue, but insisted that such monies charged must be payed by the traders.
While speaking on Starr FM on Sunday, the Head of Communications, Ministry of Trade, Prince Boakye Boateng, said the law being enforced by the Ministry gave the Ghana Union of Traders Association the right to be the sole traders in the local market.
With the insistence of such payments that signifies the collapse of the earlier intervention of the Presidents of Ghana and Nigeria through the Economic Community of West African States.
The amount Ghana is asking the Nigerian traders to pay is a $1m registration fee.
A Nigerian trader was the one that recorded a video of the incident while his shop was being locked up by the Ghanaian security officials.
In spite of the fact that he displayed his business registration certificate and other documents, the enforcement team shut his shop.
Boateng stated that the Nigerian traders failed to honour an ultimatum to meet the requirements.
According to him, “It cannot be that we’ve been insensitive; if that is what they’re saying, I’ll be disappointed because, I’ll rather say they have rather been unfair to us as a regulatory body because we have given them more than enough time to the extent that even the Ghanaians thought that the ministry was not ready to enforce the law.”