Hundreds of Nigerian traders in Ghana have staged a protest demanding their repatriation over what they say is the inhumane treatment from the Ghanaian government.
They are crying foul over the refusal of the Ghanaian authorities to reopen their shops months after they were locked up for alleged violation of Ghana’s investment laws.
In September, the speaker of the Nigerian Parliament led a delegation to Ghana following an outcry over the closure of Nigerian owned shops in Ghana’s retail market.
A Ghanaian delegation was also in Abuja for an amicable resolution of the impasse to ensure that it does not mar diplomatic relations between the neighbouring countries.
But the stranded Nigerian traders are accusing the Ghana government of flouting ECOWAS protocols by refusing to reopen their shops after the high level diplomatic engagement.
President of the Nigeria Union of Traders Association (NUTAG), Chukwuemeka Nnaji told the protesters that the High Commission must come to their aid.
“Our shops have been closed for over 10 months now in the Circle area. We have done everything to be able to sustain our families. We can’t pay our children’s school fees and our rents are expiring,” one of the protesters said.
Acting High Commissioner, Esther Arewa who received their petition pledged to address their concerns.
But PRO for Trade Ministry Prince Boakye has rejected the demands of the Nigerian traders.