Traders union in Ghana has expressed astonishment over the government’s continuous silence on Nigeria’s announcement of closing its southern border for trade. Ghana Union of Traders Association has also called the decision a violation of the ECOWAS protocol. GUTA also regretted over the government of Ghana’s failure to deal with the problem.
President of GUTA, Dr. Joseph Obeng
GUTA’s President Dr. Joseph Obeng revealed that several products, aimed for Nigerian markets, locked up on the Togo-Benin border. Many Ghanaian traders have sealed up their products on borders for months. He surprisingly asked how Nigeria constantly keeps ignoring the ECOWAS treaty and how our ministry of Foreign Affairs can remain silent over the matter. Dr. Obeng described the behavior as highly shocking.
Nigerian move is also a failure of the ECOWAS parliament as it is their responsibility to keep a check on its member countries. The issue needs to be thoroughly addressed and checked, as the failure will raise questions on Ghana’s role in AfCFTA. In August, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has announced to partially close the Togo-Benin border to halt cheap products arrival. In September, the borders fully closed which further forced traders to seal off their products at border.
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