Govt Must Call GUTA to Order

GUTA is eroding the relationship that exist between Ghana and its neighbor Nigeria GUTA is eroding the relationship that exist between Ghana and its neighbor Nigeria

To say that the activities of Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) is eroding the relationship that exist between Ghana and its neighbor Nigeria, is to state the obvious.

In June, an incident occurred that nearly marred the long relationship that has existed between the two countries, when some unscrupulous Ghanaians desecrated the hallowed grounds of Nigeria's High Commission in Cantonments, Accra.

The High Commission building was demolished, compelling the Ghanaian government to render an apology to their Nigerian counterpart, with a promise to construct a new one.

The most recent is the closure of shops of Nigerian traders at the Abossey Okai spare parts market. Ghana is a signatory to many international trade protocols, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocols.

But for the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) , was due to commence on July 1, 2020,with its headquarters in Ghana.

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 relations with Nigeria.

Treaties are entered into for a reason; they should be worth the paper on which they are printed on. Our leaders, cannot go on signing treaties, when the people do everything possible to make nonsense of the treaties.

For some time now, almost every year, shops of Nigerian traders, have become a target of their Ghanaian counterpart, both in Accra and Kumasi.

The target is foreigners engaging in retail trade, but for inexplicable reasons, Nigerians traders, have always been singled out for attack.

For those conversant with diplomacy and the attendant protocols, some of these stories do not speak well of a country, noted for its hospitality and for showing leadership when it comes to African unity.

We have our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, engaged in retail trade, reprisal attacks of this nature, will not end well for both countries.

This newspaper, believes the government must intervene to call GUTA to order., while doing that, it should find out why shoppers are always ready and willing to buy from Nigerian owned shops.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com