Nana Poku, the General Secretary of the Traders Advocacy Group Ghana (TAAG), has spoken out against the closure of shops owned by foreigners, particularly Nigerians, in Ghana.
He believes the shutdown sends a negative message to the rest of the world about Ghana.
His remarks come after members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTAEastern )’s Region section shuttered several stores belonging to foreigners, particularly Nigerians, in Koforidua on Monday, September 20.
The action is intended to express their dissatisfaction with the region’s continued involvement of foreigners in retail trade.
Members of the GUTA staged a nonviolent demonstration, initially waving placards and then closing Nigerian-owned businesses.
They hung notices on the storefronts and draped them in crimson ribbons.
Darlen Nana Boateng, GUTA’s Public Relations Officer, said that members will utilize all legal methods to prohibit foreigners from engaging in retail business in the region.
“We will keep their shops closed if they don’t have papers,” he stated.
“They will not be allowed to take over our company. Our actions have been reported to the Ministry of Trade [and Industry].”
“Closing shops in Ghana is a primitive and archaic manner of doing things,” Nana Poku told TV3. It gives the impression that if you go to Ghana, you’ll be chased out of your stores.
The offices of the AfCFTA are in Ghana, therefore how come you have a policy of prohibiting people from trading in Ghana? It’s not going to work.”