The attention of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has been drawn to the recent ‘quit notice’ served by the Ghanaian Authorities (represented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry) to the Nigerian traders doing their businesses in Ghana. According to the circular (dated 19th March 2018), announcing the quit notice, the Ministry referred to section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) Act 865, (2013) which stipulates that “a person who is not a citizen or an enterprise which is not wholly owned by Ghanaian citizen shall not invest or participate in the sales of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place”. The law was enacted to phase out and replace the previous GIPC Act 478 (1994). The circular informed Nigerians (among other nationals) to leave the Ghanaian markets on or before the 27th July 2018.
For the foregoing purpose, the leadership of Nigerian traders in Ghana under the auspices of the Nigerian Union of Traders in Ghana (NUTAG), a diaspora member of NANTS was invited alongside with the Nigeria High Commission officials to a meeting which held on Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 1.00pm at the conference room of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Again, on the 16th July 2018, the Authorities of the Ghanaian Ministry of Trade and Industry summoned our NUTAG members to express their displeasure about the interview granted by the Nigerian High Commissioner, H.E. Amb. Femi Michael Abikoye on Accra Television station TV3 over the same quit notice. At both meetings, the Ministry categorically informed Nigerians that unless each trader invests the sum of one million United State Dollars ($1, 000, 000) and employs not less than twenty-five (25) Ghanaians, as stipulated by the GIPC Act, they cannot be allowed to participate in retail business in Ghana.