Nigerian traders, and indeed traders from other West African countries, have been given till Tuesday, 16 Octber, 2012, to vacate Ghanaian markets or face forceful eviction following the escalating trade disputes between Accra and ECOWAS Traders in Ghana.
This was disclosed in a letter from the Nigeria Union of Traders Association, Ghana (NUTAG) to the Speaker of the ECOWAS parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of Nigeria, which was received by PANA here Friday.
The letter, signed by Comrade Jasper Emenike, the NUTAG Secretary-General, “is requesting further intervention from the ECOWAS Parliament on the latest ultimatum issued to ECOWAS Traders in Ghana to vacate Ghanaian designated markets (totalling about 40 market places) across the country on or before Tuesday 16 October, 2012.”
He said said the forceful eviction would be carried out by a National Task Force, re-constituted by the Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms. Hanah Tetteh.
According to Emenike, “Unfortunately, it is instructive to note that Ms. Hanah Tetteh in her recent letter to NUTAG, dated 14 September, 2012, subsequently advised the Nigerian Government to equally come up or evoke its local laws against non-Nigerians residing in Nigeria in response to the enforcement of the laws of the Republic of Ghana in line with GIPC Foreign Investement Act, if Nigeria so wishes.”
Emenike called on Senator Ekweremadu to kindly act appropriately as soon as possible, at least in the collective interest of Regional peace and harmony.