FG Reacts To Forceful Closure Of Shops Owned By Nigeria Traders In Ghana – Geoffery Onyeama
Geoffery Onyeama has reacted to the shops of Nigerian traders in Ghana being locked up by Ghanaian authorities.
Recall LIB earlier shared a video of a Nigerian trader complaining bitterly as Ghanaian authorities locked up his shop.
And those of other Nigerians for failing to pay the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) registration which is $1 million minimum foreign equity, while the registration fee is 31,500 cedis.
Nigerians took to social media to condemn the actions of the Ghanaian authorities, accusing them of making life unbearable for Nigerians residing in their country.
Onyeama said the government has watched the painful videos and urgent steps will be taken. Tweet Below
Geoffrey Onyeama Reacts To Closure Of Shops Owned By Nigeria Traders In Ghana
”Nigerian Government has watched with dismay the painful videos of the forceful closure of the shops of Nigerian traders in #Ghana. Urgent steps will be taken.”
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Why we locked up shops of some Nigerian traders – Ghanaian authorities
Ghanaian authorities have explained why they locked up some Nigerian-owned shops in the country.
Amid ongoing controversy about the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) registration.
Recall Also: LIB reported earlier that the requirement for GIPC registration is $1 million minimum foreign equity, while the registration fee is 31,500 cedis.
He further alleged that the traders were pardoned for over a year following the intervention of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
“It cannot be that we’ve been insensitive. I’ll be disappointed because I’ll rather say they have rather been unfair to us as a regulatory body.
Because we have given them more time than enough to the extent even the Ghanaians thought that the ministry was not on their side.
“So, it’s shocking to me for them to say that we’ve not given them enough time. If you recalled as far back as December last year, these shops were locked. The president intervened, and we asked that the shops be re-opened.
However, we have given them an opportunity to regularise the document and submit it to us for verification.
In Addition, We went there, we inspected the shops and we gave them notices that in 14-days they should ensure that all their necessary documentation be complete. These people have been served notices for over a year now.”
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Ghanaian policemen harass and close a Nigerian businessman’s shop over $1m tax
Some Ghanaian policemen have been spotted in a viral video harassing and forcefully shutting a shop belonging to a Nigerian businessman in Accra, capital of the West African country.
The Nigerian businessman who challenged the officials clearly stated that he has paid both his company tax and all other necessary fees.
He went ahead to show off the documents which backed his claim and also asked the policemen to provide evidence of non-payment of tax by him.
The businessman who criticized the policemen for treating their fellow Africans so unfairly.
After He has been harassed over the non-payment of $1 million as tax to the Ghanian government.
In the video obtained by PR Nigeria, he was heard saying;
“I have been doing business in Ghana since 2007, and I have not defaulted in paying my tax. I have the necessary papers to back up my claim. You guys are only closing our shops because of the $1 million you ask us to pay. Where do you want us to get the $1 million”.
This is coming after the president of Nigerian Traders Union in Ghana, Chukwuemeka Nnaji decried the closure of shops owned by Nigerians by Ghanaian authorities.
Asides revealing that Ghanaian authorities demanded cash payment of one million dollars for their shops to be reopened.
It was further learned that they were asked to employ a minimum of 25 skilled Ghanaian workers and must not trade in commodities that Ghanaian traders have applied to trade-in.