Ghanaian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey, has said Nigerian traders were not affected by the recent quit notice to foreigners to vacate the country’s retail markets
National Association of Nigerian Traders had warned that the quit notice could spark xenophobic attacks. However, Ayorkor-Botchwey maintained that Nigerians and other ECOWAS citizens were not affected by the quit notice.
She said: “This has nothing to do with our ECOWAS brothers and sisters. It was more to do with other nationals.
“Yes, there is a problem that Nigerians and other ECOWAS citizens have been cut up in this issue of traders being given quit notice to exit our markets with their retail trade which is, by the law of Ghana, reserved for Ghanaians.
“Our government is doing what it can; sitting with the Ghana Traders Association to ensure that there is that understanding that it has nothing to do with Nigerian and other ECOWAS traders. Onyeama in his
“The minister’s visit was to assure the government and the people of Nigeria that the government of Ghana is on top of the situation and would resolve the issue,” he said.
Onyeama said the Minister explained that what prompted the outcry was not about nationals of ECOWAS, but nationals from outside Africa who had been installing themselves in the Ghanaian retail business.
He said: “The government of Ghana is not happy about that because they want to be in strict compliance with all their obligations under the ECOWAS Protocol
He said the Ghanaian government was engaged in really coming out with a law consistent with their position as an ECOWAS member state. According to him, they are
“They are particularly keen that in no way should it result in any targeting of Nigerians, any xenophobia against Nigerians. So, the government, in fact, the President himself, is personally engaged in addressing the situation.
“For her to travel, to fly here to meet with me for one hour, I think, demonstrated the concern of the Ghanaian government that Nigeria should in no way interpret this as some kind of xenophobia against Nigerians. “This also to assure us that the government is very much on top of this and will hopefully resolve the situation very quickly,” he said.