Accra, 16 October, 2019 / 5:53 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Community of Nigerians living in Ghana has encouraged terms of trade that are mutually beneficial to the citizens of the two neighboring West African nations and acknowledged efforts made by the diplomatic service in ensuring that all disputes relating to business are speedily resolved amid legal controversies.
Nigerians and Ghanaians have been confused whether to apply local laws, which forbid foreign participation in retail trade or an ECOWAS treaty that allows citizens of member states to move freely and establish economically in other member states.
The laws in Ghana do not allow foreigners to engage in businesses targeting a multitude of the low-income population such as hawking, taxi services, operation of beauty salons and barbering shops, among others.
For months now, tension has been growing between Nigerian and Ghanaian traders with the Ghanaian traders calling on their government to enforce the trade laws that prohibit foreigners from engaging in the retail business.
Speaking to 300 Nigerian Catholics during St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day celebration at the Holy Family Parish in Accra Saturday, October 12, the President for Nigerian’s community of St. Francis of Assisi Society, George Olajide appreciated the efforts of the Nigerian High Commissioner in Ghana, Femi Abikoye, for effectively working with the government of Ghana towards a diplomatic resolution of the trade impasse within ECOWAS protocol.