Ghana’s President Nana Akuffo Addo has assured his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerian businesses are not being targeted in Ghana.
The two met on the sidelines of the just ended UN General Assembly meeting in New York to discuss the issue. The meeting follows recent disagreements between Ghanaian traders and their Nigerian counterparts.
Some Ghanaian traders have opposed the decision to allow Nigerian traders to do business in the retail sector. The sector is exclusively reserved for Ghanaians.
Nigerian and Ghanaian presidents meet
President Buhari says the relationship between Ghana and Nigeria is essential and ”would not be taken for granted.”
According to Mr. Buhari, he has been assured by President Nana Akuffo-Addo that Nigerian businesses are not being deliberately targeted in Ghana.
“The plight of Nigerian traders in Ghana came up when I met with President NAkufoAddo.
He assured me that Nigerians are not being deliberately targeted. The relationship between our countries is a very important one, and will not be taken for granted by either side” Buhari tweeted.
The plight of Nigerian traders in Ghana came up when I met with President @NAkufoAddo yesterday. He assured me that Nigerians are not being deliberately targeted. The relationship between our countries is a very important one, and will not be taken for granted by either side. pic.twitter.com/L78t7nqLQT
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) September 28, 2018
Ghana’s Minister of Trade last month directed that retail shops closed by a task-force be opened “with immediate effect.“
It follows consultations with the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), the Nigerian High Commission and other relevant stakeholders.
According to a statement from the Ministry, the directive is to “permit the various State Institutions and Agencies to carry out their lawful mandate of enforcing local laws and regulations, including those related to the operations of businesses in Ghana.”