September 17, 2021

In the wake of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) threatening to lock up shops belonging to Nigerian traders without proper documentation, vice chairman of the Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism of Ghana’s Parliament, Alexander Akwasi Acquah has appealed to the leadership of GUTA not to take the law into their hands.

According to him the last time the Committee met with GUTA, the association came to understand issues better and were apologetic, after they earlier chastised the chairman of the Committee, Carlos Ahenkora.

“When they came to understand the realities and we open up to them, some of the difficulties and challenges we have, with regards to what they expect us to do, they came to understand so we would continue to appeal to them that they should let us employ some civil actions rather than using force”.

In an interview on the matter, the vice chairman noted that the laws of Ghana should be employed and appealed to them to consider that Ghana is a signatory to international treaties and should make sure, the best practice is followed rather than creating chaos.

“Like you said, the Speaker of Parliament has been instrumental in this matter, there have been several trips on this issue, we should find proper solution to this problem”.

Again, when we met them, we told them there is no point taking the law into their own hands as there are a lot of laws to deal with the situation, “especially with Ghana being signatory to ECOWAS treaties and as a sub-region, we have become a small village. We need a soba reflection it is not a kind of situation where we would want to use force to take the law into our hands”, Mr Akwasi Acquah admonished.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/