The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has locked up shops owned by Nigerians at the Suame industrial hub in Kumasi.The locking up of the Nigerian shops in the retail trade has brought untold hardship for past four days with authorisation from GUTA executives.
GUTA members ordered the locking up of the shops belonging to the Nigerians engaging in retail business at the Suame industrial hub with some Nigerians who unknowingly went to open their shops beaten by the GUTA task force.
The leadership of GUTA in the region was invited over the development by the Ashanti Regional Police command in a bid to clamp it from escalating and affecting Ghanaians plying their business in Nigeria in a form of retaliation from the happenings in Suame in Kumasi.
In an interview with the chairman of the Ashanti Regional Chapter of Nigeria Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG) Chief Kizito Ike Obiora who doubles as National 1st vice chair of the union, Chief Kizito called on the relevant agencies to restore order and allow them return to business.
In a separate development, the government has tasked the Committee on Retail Trade established in May 2018 to oversee the enforcement of domestic retail legislation, regulations and policies, has been mandated to continue its work with a higher level of executive authority with the appointment Alan Kyerematen, the Minister of Trade and Industry as the new Chairman of the Committee.
The decision was arrived at an emergency Stakeholders Meeting organized by the Ministry of Trade and Industry on Tuesday 31 July 2018 in Accra and was attended by representatives of the following Stakeholders selected from State institutions and the trading community: National Executives and selected Regional Executives of Ghana Union Traders Association (GUTA); Ministry of National Security; Ministry of Information; Ghana Investment Promotion Center; Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry & Tourism; and Consumer Protection Agency. Other representatives were invited from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration; Ghana Police Service; Ghana Immigration Service; and Private Enterprise Federation (PEF).
The meeting agreed to include representatives from the Ghana Standards Authority and Food and Drugs Authority on the Committee.