Gov’t Poking Its Fingers Into The Eyes Of Nigeria Because Of Election

Govt Govt

Recently, some unscrupulous Ghanaians desecrated the hallowed grounds of the Nigerian High Commission, when they demolished some part of the Commission's building.

President Akufo-Addo, has to apologized on behalf of Ghanaians with an offer to rebuild the demolished property

The relationship between Ghana and Nigeria over the years, has been one of cordial and mutual relationship, but lately Ghana, seems to be poking its hands in the eyes of Nigerians.

Ghana is a signatory to many protocols, including those of trade. The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), has made it a point to make the shops of Nigerian traders a target, anytime they wish to enforce laws that bar foreigners from engaging in retail trade.

The Presidential Committee on Retail Trade under the Ministry of Trade and Industry on Monday, began the shop closure exercise on Thursday, 13 August 2020 from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

The Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations of 1961, is a treaty that describes the framework by which countries ought to deal with each other.

From the attitude of these traders, as a newspaper, we are worried that, they are setting the course of the country back, in its quest to deepen relationship with Nigeria.

President Akufo-Addo on Monday commissioned and handed over the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area to the African Union (AU) Commission.

Delivering a speech at the ceremony, President Akufo-Addo stated among other things that "A large part of the growth and prosperity that we seek on the continent will come from us trading more among ourselves. We, in Ghana, believe that an increase in trade is the surest way to deepen regional integration in Africa," he said.

Government, has not over the period given heed to the calls of GUTA, to rid the retail trade of foreigners. It is obvious in the opinion of this newspaper that, the latest action by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, is nothing short of appeasing Ghanaian traders because of the impending December 7, general elections.

We appeal to the government to tread cautiously, as there will be no winner in this tussle with Nigeria; both countries will come out bruised when the swords are lowered.