NUTAG President, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji

The Nigeria Union of Traders Association, Ghana (NUTAG) has called on President Akufo-Addo to address what they describe as bizarre statements by the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) to attack and forcibly remove Nigerian traders found in Ghana.

According to NUTAG, the current decision by GUTA comes as a surprise since the former was able to appeal to the Inter-Ministerial Committee of both countries to review a concession.

This is to allow “our members who have not registered with the GIPC to stay out the remaining days, months or years of their tenancy agreement after which they are supposed to pack out because the rent for those shops shall not be renewed and will not be allowed to rent shops anywhere in Ghana.”

NUTAG was also ordered to collect all the Business documents of members, including the tenancy agreements of the respective shops or stalls.

GUTA, therefore, failing to adhere to the review of the concession granted by the two co-chairmen of Joint
Implementation Taskforce (JIT), as well as its threat, they say, is unfortunate.

In a press statement signed by the NUTAG President, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji, the Association urged President Akufo-Addo, President Muhammadu Buhari, the ECOWAS Commission and the international community to “urgently intervene and prevent GUTA from attacking our members as they have promised in their last press release.”

“We are particularly concerned about this latest threat because GUTA has since 2007 been issuing and carrying out attacks against Nigerian traders in Ghana. The use of such violent measures have not ended for any of the traders from the two brotherly countries.

“We are appealing to the President not to succumb to people who want to railroad him into an exercise which is purely an eviction disguised as concession,” portions of the release dated September 15, read.

They fear that if GUTA acts on its threat, thousands of Nigerians will be made to suffer going back to Nigeria with little or nothing as many of them had their shops locked for almost two years.

Also, according to NUTAG, they are concerned about the attitude of GUTA rushing to the press to castigate the Nigerian government and the people.

This act, they noted was rejected by both bodies, however, GUTA seems to have gone back against its word.