Barely three years ago, Nigerians who owned shops at the Suame Magazine industrial area in Kumasi had their shops closed down or simply put locked up by some members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) who claimed that under the country’s trade laws, foreigners, including Nigerians, were not allowed to engage in retail trade.
It took the timely invention of more than 30 policemen who broke open all the padlocks put on the spare parts shops belonging to the Nigerian businessmen at Suame in Kumasi to enable them continue their retail business.
Last week at the old garages in Suame, the interim leadership of Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) Ashanti chapter met with some spare parts dealers to deliberate on the way forward and to galvanise support from members to put pressure on government to close down shops owned by these Nigerians whom they claim are illegally operating in the retail business.
But speaking to the Nigerian Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG) Ashanti Regional Chapter Chairman Chief Kizito Ike Obiora, He refuted the allegations of Nigerians illegally operating businesses and indicated that they had fulfilled all the legal requirements before operating their businesses in Ghana.
The leadership of NUTAG however added they were not in any position of shielding any Nigerian business person operating illegally in the Ashanti Region and called on the authorities to give the necessary protection as they have enjoyed over the years.
Below is the audio of the meeting of GUTA Ashanti at the old Garages at Suame Magazine