Nigerian traders in Ghana said they have been subjected to hardship by the Ghanaian authorities since 2007.
This development was disclosed by the leader of Nigerian traders in Ghana, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji, on Wednesday while speaking to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, The Punch reports.
He also said, despite the fact that they pay their taxes as and when due, they were still subjected to harsh treatment by the Ghanaian authorities, stressing that Nigerian traders had their businesses registered with appropriate agencies.
On the trade fee, Nnaji disclosed that, many Nigerian traders could not afford the latest $1m trade registration fee, adding that those who could not pay the sum still had their shops under lock and key.
Nnaji was quoted to have said this in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, titled, ‘Gbajabiamila hopeful of mutually acceptable resolutions to Ghanaian diplomatic face-off…as Nigerian traders narrate ordeals to Gbajabiamila.’
Speaking on the issue, the Speaker who led a delegation of members of the House on a “legislative diplomatic mission,” said the two-day visit to Ghana was meant to explore legislative diplomacy towards resolving the issues affecting both countries.
The Nigerian delegation was received by the Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, as they arrived in Accra, the capital of Ghana.
The Ghanaian Speaker, while receiving his Nigerian counterpart, expressed confidence that an amicable resolution would be reached on the issues.