– There was a protest by Nigerian businessmen at the ECOWAS building in Abuja on Monday, September 24
– The protesters on the platform of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANT) were kicking against the closure of their businesses in Ghana
– NANT’s president, Ken Ukaoha, gave the commission one week to intervene or else members of the association will deploy more members to occupy the entire building
The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANT) on Monday, September 24, stormed the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) secretariat in Abuja to protest the alleged closure of shops belonging to Nigerians resident in Ghana.
The protest which took place in the morning of Monday partly shut down activities at the secretariat, Punch reports.
The protesters marched through the streets of Yakubu Gowon way in Asokoro, causing gridlock along the Asokoro axis.
The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such like “We need ECOWAS intervention,” “Ghana re-open Nigeria’s shops now,” “ECOWAS, the situation in Ghana is totally unacceptable,” “Ghana wants AFCTA secretariat but clamps on African traders” .
Concerning the development, NANT’s president, Barrister Ken Ukaoha, said that the association is protesting the alleged victimisation of Nigerian businessmen in the neighbouring nation.
Ukaoha revealed that recently a law was enacted by the Ghanaian parliament to make the business environment hostile to foreign investors.
He further said that since Ghana is a signatory to the ECOWAS protocol on free movement of goods and services, there is a need for the commission to call the Ghanaian government to order.
NANT’s boss further said that the association is giving the commission nothing more than one week ultimatum to intervene in the matter, stating that if nothing was done, the association would deploy all its members to occupy the secretariat.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) was to deport a total of 73 foreign nationals over their illegal stay in the country. The deportees, made up of all women, includes 72 Nigerians and another from Togo.
While most of them are being deported for staying in the country illegally, others are also reported to have engaged in prostitution.
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