Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ghanaians issue final warning to foreign traders

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The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), yesterday, gave a final ultimatum to foreigners involved in retail trade to leave the markets.

In furtherance with the eviction order, GUTA, consented to open temporarily, all recently closed shops to enable the owners pack their wares and move out.

The traders Union in a statement tagged, “Enough is Enough”, warned that in view of the inability of the government to enforce the local legislation on retail trade, the traders had resolved to take action, regardless of the consequences.

“In view of this, we hereby issue ultimatum of one week to the government to ensure that all state institutions responsible for the enforcement of our laws on retail trade by foreigners in the country are implemented to the letter as it is done in all sovereign states which bring peace and its attendant security.

“However if we do not see concrete action by the authorities to decisively deal with the situation, we shall advice ourselves on the next line of action, which will be staged nationwide and will damn the consequences, especially if security agencies are used as state machinery to suppress us, “ the statement said.

GUTA maintained that the non-enforcement of the legislation, which reserved retail trade for the citizens had caused them extreme hardship.

The traders said several petitions to relevant authorities including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Office of the President, GIPC, Office of the Council of State and other stakeholders have not resolved the issue.

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