$1m capital: 753 Nigerian traders in Ghana request evacuation

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About 753 of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana have presented a letter the Federal Government requesting for from the former Gold Coast.

The Save-Our-Soul letter was presented the Chairman, , Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja by the union President, Dr Ken Ukoaha, and some .

This is happening against the backdrop of the imposition of $1m equity on non-Ghanaians as well as conditions.

On Tuesday, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, had urged the traders not leave Ghana, noting that the government was still engaging with the Ghanaian authorities the matter.

But a statement from Gabriel Odu, of the NIDCOM Media, Public and Protocol Unit on Wednesday disclosed that the 753 signatories expressed their willingness to return home.

They alleged that their shops had been locked for almost one year by the Ghanaian authorities, “more so, since all diplomatic niceties at the highest level between Nigeria and Ghana have not yielded results, they are left with no choice to ask for .”

“Now, landlords are coming to ask us for . How do we pay with our shops locked up for so long; were are dying here,” the statement quoted them as saying.

However, Dabiri-Erewa again called for peace, stressing that all relevant stakeholders would continually be engaged.

She also said Nigeria would not hesitate to gladly and safely welcome her citizens back to the country.

(The Punch)