GUTA denies harassing Nigerian traders

Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has denied alleged harassment and intimidation of foreign traders especially Nigerians in Ghana. Addressing journalist in Kumasi Monday, the Ashanti Regional Secretary, Ali Muhammad described the allegations as false. Nigerians in Ghana petitioned their President over being harassed, molested and their shops burnt down and locked up by their Ghanaian counterparts. The move, they say is prevent them from doing their business in a peaceful atmosphere. But Mr. Muhammad claimed it is the Compliance Committee formed by government to streamline the operations of foreign nations in the retail business that is being viewed as “harassment and intimidation” “Though the Ghana Union of Traders is part of the Committee, including other government institutions, we are only implementing section of the GIPC Act 865 section 27 which bars foreign nationals residing in Ghana from engaging in retail business or trade which is the sole preserve of Ghanaian’s nationals” he explained. He said the operations of the compliance committee is not targeted at only Nigerians but all foreign nationals such as Indians, Lebanese, Chinese, Egyptians and Malians who are engaged in retail business. By Antwi Boasiako||Ghana]]>

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