Nigeria traders must pay taxes, $1m fee - Ghana insists

Nigerian traders in Ghana decry closure of shops by Ghana security officials backed by the Ministry of Trade
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Emeh Joy

The Ghanaian Ministry of Trades has insisted that Nigerians traders must pay their taxes as well as other fees imposed on them.

It also rejected claims of unjust treatment made by traders in the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council Regulations.

This occurred despite the intervention of the Nigeria and Ghana presidents through the Economic Community of West African States.

One of the Nigerian traders whose shop was locked up by Ghanaian security officials made a video record of the incident showing where they were requesting that he pays a registration fee of $1m.

The enforcement team went ahead to shut his shop even after the victim had shown them his business registration certificate as well as other relevant documents.

Speaking over the Ghana radio station about the incident, the Head of Communications, Ministry of Trade, Prince Boakye Boateng said Nigerian traders failed to honour the deadline given to them to meet the requirements.

"It cannot be that we've been insensitive; if that is what you are saying, I'll be disappointed because I'll rather say they have 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", Boateng said.

He explained that shops were first locked December last year and water re-opened after the president, Nana Akufo-Ado intervened.

He said the traders have compiled but have not regularised their documents for verification.

Boateng added that the law which is being enforced gave the Ghana Union of Traders Association the right to be the sole traders in the local market.

On the other hand, the spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ferdinand Nwoye, said the Nigerian mission in Accra is yet to send a formal report on the traders' harassment to the ministry.

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