The Federal Government has said it may drag Ghana before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the closure of Nigerian businesses.
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It said this step would be taken if the country is found to have breached the sub-region’s Protocol of Free Movement of Peoples.
Geoffrey Onyema, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said this on Monday during a meeting with a delegation of the League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria led by its President, Jasper Emenike, which briefed him on the harassment of Nigerian traders in Ghana.
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Ghanaian officials had sealed off the shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Accra for allegedly failing to have the $1 million equity stipulated by the Ghana Investment Promotions Council (GIPC).
Onyema said the Ghanaian code that made retail trade the exclusive preserve of Ghanaians appeared to be in conflict with the ECOWAS Protocol.
“We have the intention of calling our Charge’ D Affairs in Ghana for consultation and again to get to the fact. We don’t want to anticipate what our actions would be but we will consider all the options depending on the facts.
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“Clearly, if it is contravening ECOWAS Protocol, then we would have to look at solution including the ECOWAS Court as the final arbiter.
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“We will also consider the issue of reciprocity in terms of the concrete measures that will be applied. We are following the matter very closely and we want the matter to be addressed within the shortest possible time,” Onyeama noted.