Foreign traders’ shops locked again after confusion at Opera Square

Source citinewsroom

Ghanaian Traders at Opera Square in Accra have embarked on yet another operation to lock-up shops owned by foreigners in the national capital.

Some of the traders accused the foreigners of hiring land guards to re-open the shops which were most recently locked up on November 4 after two previous incidents.

Others said the government was contributing to the discontent.

“This is what we are doing now because the government is not helping since no matter what we do, they will just tell us that the guys [foreigners traders] should keep on working.”

“We have our market and we say they shouldn’t retail. They should sell wholesale,” another trader said as he echoed section 27 (1) of the GIPC Act.

The Act says a person who is not a citizen or an enterprise that is not wholly-owned by a citizen shall not invest or participate in the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place.

But the government has mostly opted for diplomacy in handling the tensions resulting from the non-enforcement of the law.

Local traders have not hidden their anger over the government’s lack of action which has escalated into instances of violence at Opera Square and other places like Suame Magazine in Kumasi.

Police eventually stepped in to calm the Monday morning tensions by ensuring the shops were closed.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Fred Adu Anim also noted that both the foreign traders and the Ghanaian traders were taking the law into their own hands.

“Two wrongs do not make a right and in order to avert any violence or breach of the peace, we had to come in and ensure that the Nigeria shops are re-closed in the interest of peace so the previous negotiations which are ongoing should continue.”

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