Ghana: Nigerian traders call for better treatment

Rahila Lassa, Abuja

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A delegation of the National Association of Nigerian Traders in Ghana led by its President Barr Ken Ukaoha during a working visit to the Office of the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, in Abuja.

The National Association of Nigerian Traders in Ghana has called for fair treatment by the Ghanaian authorities.

The National President of the Association, Barr Ken Ukaoha made the call in Abuja Nigeria when he led a delegation on a working visit to the Office of the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

While appreciating NIDCON for being instrumental in the reopening of over 600 shops for businesses belonging to Nigerians in Ghana after 6months, Dr Ukaoha noted that ECOWAS Protocol of Free Movement of Persons, Goods and Services shouldn’t be observed in breach,  but should be observed in the spirit of brotherhood and diplomatic reciprocity.

“Diplomacy and political relationship are all centred on trade and economic survival.

“It’s high time Nigeria begins to roll away from the big brother and father Christmas character and plug her diplomacy within the concept of profit-making while putting the people first, in everything”. He said

Dr Ukaoha added that Nigerian traders have contributed to the economic stability of Ghana bad other countries hence the need to be treated with love and respect as brothers.

Responding, the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa however, noted that the intervention was multi-level especially at the highest level of diplomacy and bilateral relations between Ghana and Nigeria.

“We must continue in the spirit of brotherliness. We are all part of ECOWAS. If we fight against ourselves in the West African region, what do we tell others outside the continent?” The NIDCON Chairman said.

She also urged Nigerian Traders in the Diaspora to always obey the laws of their host countries and conduct themselves with respect and dignity.

It would be recalled that shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana have been locked since December 2019 until a few days ago, when they were reopened.

 

Zainab Sa’id