Ghana Insists Nigeria traders Must Pay $1m Fee


The Ghanaian Ministry of Trades has insisted that Nigerian traders must pay taxes and other fees imposed on them in spite the intervention of the presidents of Ghana and Nigeria through the Economic Community of West African States.



A Nigerian trader had recorded a video of an incident where his shop was locked up by the Ghanaian security officials and they asked him to pay $1m registration fee even after had shown the officials his business registration certificate and other documents.



While addressing on the incident on a Ghanaian radio station, Starr FM, the Head of Communications, Ministry of Trade, Prince Boakye Boateng, said Nigerian traders failed to honour an ultimatum to meet the requirements.


He said, “It cannot be that we’ve been insensitive; if that is what they’re saying, I’ll be disappointed because I’ll rather say they have rather been unfair to us as a regulatory body because we have given them more than enough time to the extent that even the Ghanaians thought that the ministry was not ready to enforce the law.”


Boateng refuted claims of unfair treatment by the traders in the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council regulations and explained that the regulations gave the Ghana Union of Traders Association the right to be the sole traders in the local market.


However, according to the spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, the Nigerian mission in Accra, is yet to send a formal report on the harassment of the traders to the ministry.

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