Two Nigerian Merchants Try Suicide Over $1m Capital In Ghana
As their companies proceed to be below lock and key over $1 million imposed on them by Ghana, two Nigerian merchants have tried to take their very own lives.
This was made public by the Chairman, Nigerians within the Diaspora Fee, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Based on her, it’s painful that engagements with the Ghanaian authorities on the plight of Nigerian merchants within the nation haven’t achieved the specified outcomes.
She revealed that two affected Nigerian merchants tried suicide lately however they’re at the moment present process remedy.
That is taking place towards the backdrop of the imposition of $1m enterprise fairness on non-Ghanaians in addition to different circumstances.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that about 753 members of the Nigerian Union of Merchants Affiliation in Ghana offered a letter to the Federal Authorities requesting for evacuation from the previous Gold Coast.
The NIDCOM boss mentioned the Speaker of Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of International Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Trade, Commerce and Funding, Adeniyi Adebayo; amongst others, have been trying on the request of the Nigerian merchants.
Dabiri-Erewa, who spoke on Monday whereas that includes on Channels Tv’s Dawn Day by day programme monitored by The PUNCH, nevertheless, mentioned the Ghanaian presidential election of December 7, 2020, should come and go earlier than tangible agreements have been reached.
“Elections are coming. You recognize there’s something political about this. Let’s face it. The President of Ghana is not going to wish to go towards his personal residents and majority of the Ghanaian merchants have mentioned we don’t need them (Nigerian merchants).
“Don’t allow us to deceive ourselves, nothing will occur earlier than December 7,” she mentioned, including, “There may be nothing ECOWAS can obtain earlier than the election. Election have to be received or misplaced.”
Dabiri-Erewa mentioned the evacuation of the merchants would come at psychological, financial and social price whereas expressing optimism that the bilateral dispute can be resolved.
“We don’t have an issue on the authorities degree; we now have an issue on the folks degree. The federal government of Ghana has willingly mentioned, ‘Open these retailers’ however the individuals are complying.
“I hope you realize that three years in the past, a Nigerian woman dedicated suicide. And as I communicate with you, one other two are on the verge of suicide however they’re going by means of some form of counselling with the message of hope that issues will likely be higher.
“As at as we speak, it’s been over one 12 months. Now, they should pay lease for his or her retailers, they don’t have cash for lease. How will you pay lease when your store has been closed endlessly?”
On his half, Common Secretary, All Nigerian Neighborhood, Ghana, Isaac Ekhator, mentioned a number of the Nigerian merchants have been married to Ghanaians and wouldn’t wish to abandon their households to return again to Nigeria.
He famous that the evacuation request was a means of pressurising the 2 governments to achieve a consensus and finish the commerce disaster.