The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) in Kasoa, Central Region, has threatened to close down retail shops owned by foreign nationals, especially Nigerians.
The group claimed that the influx of foreigners into the retail industry had caused their businesses to fail.
Bright Agyemang, General Secretary of GUTA at Kasoa, expressed concern to a section of the media about the government’s failure to impose laws on foreign businesses in Ghana.
According to Ghanaweb, he said that members of the association are enraged and growing impatient with the continuous invasion of foreigners in the retail industry.
Agyemang advised the government to solve the problem before it worsened.
He stated: “Foreigners have taken over our business, which is why GUTA is upset. They have taken over the entire world, but for the time being, Kasoa is the strongest place for these foreigners.
“As a result, we are pleading with the government to come to our assistance.
“The law prohibits foreigners from doing retail except in Ghana, but foreigners are doing retail in our markets, so we will close their stores. We will use the law, and we will execute the law, to compel them to close their doors.”
For years, GUTA has been at odds with some foreign nationals, particularly Nigerians, over retail trade in the country. GUTA representatives forcefully locked up some foreign-owned shops in Greater Accra and Kumasi in the Ashanti region last year.
Due to the trade war, a high-level delegation flew from Nigeria to Ghana to speak with parliament about the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) bill, which prohibits foreigners from engaging in retail industry.
“The ECOWAS protocol gives all citizens of member states equal rights to do business, live, and develop a business in each member state,” said Chukwuemeka Nnaji, National President of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association, Ghana (NUTAG).