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Ghanaian traders are envious of us – Nigerian traders hit back

President of the Nigerian Traders Association of Ghana says the consistent lock-up of Nigerian shops by the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) is due to envy.

Chief Emeka Nnaji in an interview on Joy FM’s Newsnite Wednesday, decried the frequent attacks of Nigerian traders in the country by their Ghanaian counterparts.

His comments come after the Abossey Okai Spare Parts Dealers Association locked up all the shops belonging to Nigerians in the area on Tuesday.

According to the Association, the laws of Ghana do not allow foreigners to engage in retail trade, reason for their action.

They also accuse the Nigerians of selling substandard products at cheap prices, a practice the Ghanaian traders say is killing their businesses.

But Mr Emeka Nnaji described the Ghanaian traders’ actions as ‘laughable,’ noting that, the perpetrators also breach the law when they carry out such activities.

“They (GUTA) themselves do not know what the law is about. If they did, they wouldn’t have locked up anybody’s shop, because that in itself is a crime.

He said supposing the claims that their trade is illegal is true, unilaterally locking up their shops is also illegal, and “two wrongs do not make a right.”

The President of Nigerian traders further suggested all relevant stakeholders should have a meeting and identify a sustainable solution to this canker.

For Mr Emeka Nnaji, this issue which started in 2007, adversely affects business owners and that could affect the relationship between the two countries.