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Ghanaian authorities harass Nigerian businessmen over $1 million dollar tax



It was reported that the President of Nigerian Traders Union in Ghana, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nnaji, on Saturday, complained about the closure of Nigeria businesses by Ghanaian authorities.
Mr. Nnadi disclosed this development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), during a telephone interview and made a plea with the Nigerian government to intervene in the matter.

He stated that businesses belonging to Nigeria business men in Accra were put under lock and key by the Ghanaian authorities who were demanding cash payments of 1 million dollars before they will be allowed to reopen their business.

According to what he said, an inter- ministerial Task task force were mandated to go round on August 10, in order for them to spot businesses owned by Nigerians and order them to register for business taxes, standard control and resident permit with the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) registration.

During the interview, Mr. Nnaji said, “Most of our members do not have the GIPC registration, because it requires one million dollars cash or equity and they gave us 14 days within which to regularise.

“As of Thursday, they had moved to another area and started locking up shops of Nigerian traders.

“Nigerian life in Ghana matters. This is the livelihood of Nigerians being destroyed by Ghanaian Authorities. This is not being perpetrated by a trade union, but Ghanaian authorities.

“They demanded that we must employ a minimum of 25 skilled Ghanaian workers and must not trade in commodities that Ghanaian traders have applied to trade in,” Nnaji said.

“The humiliation of Nigerians is getting out of hand. We are calling on the Nigerian government to come to our aid.

”We have legally registered our businesses and we pay taxes,” Nnaji said. (NAN)

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Credits: Sahara Reporters

Abudulrasheed Mubarak is a freelance content creator. He starting his writing career in 2011. He is a graduate of Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Urban and Regional Planning.

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