Onuesoke Condemns Clampdown On Nigerian Traders In Ghana,Urges FG To Intervene
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain and former Delta State Governorship Aspirant, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has described as unfair, the recent clampdown on Nigerian businesses in Ghana by the Ghanaian authorities. He appealed to the Federal Government to intervene so as to lessen the sufferings being encountered by Nigeria soldiers.
It would be recalled that shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Accra, Ghana were locked up by Ghanaian authorities who demanded cash payment of one million dollars from them before the shops would be opened.
Onuesoke who described the actions of the Ghanaian government as negated to the true spirit of African brotherhood, and in breach of ECOWAS protocols they freely signed unto, stressed that their action is creating unfavourable business environment for Nigerian businesses in Ghana.
He argued that it was unfair and unjust to close up shops and offices of businesses that were legally registered and of which their owners were law-abiding residents.
Reacting to the $1 million business registration fees and taxes allegedly levied on such Nigerian businesses by the Ghana Investment Promotion Council, Onuesoke stated that it was shocking as it was outrageous, that foreign businesses were being subjected to such terrible conditions without minding the huge losses incurred by these businesses due to the global pandemic.
Onuesoke disclosed that the ordeal of Nigeria traders in Ghana is a deliberate escalation by the Ghanaian government of the long-existing animus against Nigerian businesses that commenced after the senseless humiliation of Ghanaian citizens in Nigeria in 1983.
The PDP Chieftain who maintained that suppressing Nigerian businesses in Ghana at this critical time should not be seen as a right step, called on the Federal Government to urgently wade into the matter and save Nigerians in Ghana, whose means of livelihood were obviously being threatened by the recent actions of the Ghanaian authorities.
Onuesoke advised Nigeria government to educate its citizens to be law abiding when they travel to other peoples’ countries.
“ Ghana or any other foreign land is not Nigeria. so they should learn to obey laws and orders. You cannot behave in another man’s land just the way you behave in your land,” he advised.
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