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Border Closure: Ghana trade union votes to ban Made-in-Nigeria products

Valentine Chinyem

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The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has called for a total boycott of all made in Nigerian products imported into Ghana.

According to the traders, the move would force the Nigerian Government to rescind on its decision to close its borders.

The Nigerian government had in August, announced the partial closure of its borders with neighboring West African countries.

According to Ghanaweb, Greater Accra Regional Secretary of GUTA, David Kwadwo Amoateng on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem, Friday said the Nigerian government has not been fair to foreign traders.

He said he expects the Ghanaian Government to reciprocate the treated meted them by the Nigerian government, so as to prevent Nigerian traders from bringing goods into the country.

“Either somebody’s bread has been buttered or we are cowards. Government is not being fair to us,” he said.

Amoateng, while citing reasons why the Ghanaian government has to take action, cited Dangote Cement as an example, noting that it has taken over the market in Ghana, while local cement factories from GHACEM are suffering.

“Let’s boycott Nigerian products as payback to their government’s action. How can we be slaves in our own country?” he said.

He argued that the issue, if not checked, could hamper the Continental Free Trade Area.

More so, Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has appealed to the agitated traders to remain calm, as the ministry iis already working with Nigerian authorities to ease its ban on foreign goods.