August 19, 2018
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah has revealed that Government of Ghana has set up a committee to look into the recent clash between Ghanaian and Nigerian trades that occurred in Accra and Kumasi.

According to the Deputy Minister the incident is unfortunate but has nothing to do with “we are Ghanaian traders and you are foreigners or whether a foreigner is not suppose to trade here or there”.

“Rather landlords witnessing a clash between Ghanaian and foreign traders had gone to close shops they have rented to foreigners, wanting to see as to how the clash would be resolved before giving their rented shops out again”.

He urged the Ghanaian traders who were affected in the clash to remain calm as government had taken up the matter and giving it a serious attention for sanity to prevail.

In an interview, he also advised the Nigerian traders and other foreign traders in Ghana to follow rules and laws that bind their business in the country.

Mr. Ahenkorah hinted that the committee is made up of high power personalities which include the President of Ghana, Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Senior Minister and the Minister for National Security.

And added that the committee would come out with a decision that would help address the misunderstanding between Ghanaian traders and their foreign counterparts.

“As people in the  Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) we do not have intentions of driving out Foreign Nationals, all we are saying is they should abide by our laws to maintain peace in the Country”, he lamented.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/