President of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) , Dr Joseph Obeng, has indicated that his outfit has not targeted any ECOWAS citizen who deals in goods and services produced in a member state.
This comes after several shops into retail businesses without the necessary documents were closed down by the Trades Ministry’s Inter-Ministerial Task force in Accra, Kumasi and Koforidua.
This action has triggered a response from the government of Nigeria indicating that Nigerian Nationals in Ghana are being intimidated and maltreatment
According to him,the Nigerian Union of Association Ghana (NUTAG) has over the months fed their government with lies pertaining to engagements in retail businesses in Ghana
Mr Obeng said the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) is only enforcing the laws to deal with people who operate illegally in the country.
“No particular country is a target in the enforcement of the law. However, it should be noted that Nigerians form about 80% of those who engage in the illegal retail trade.”
He further explained that, the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) law is only to “discourage dumping of goods from countries outside the ECOWAS community, so as to boost local production and better the lot for the local manufacturer as well as grow and develop our local economy.”