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GUTA finally agrees to open locked shops of foreign traders

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Leadership of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has reneged on its promise of not opening the shops of foreigners they closed down days ago.

This came up after a meeting with the Accra Police Command on Thursday.

GUTA has now agreed to open hundreds of the shops belonging to Nigerians close to the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange. It also follows President Akufo-Addo’s plea with the Association to allow the relevant institutions to work, in their quest to have the law that bars Foreigners from engaging in retail business enforced.

But, First Vice Chairman of GUTA, Patrick Osei Brogyua who confirmed the reopening of the shops on Otec FM afternoon political talk show dubbed Dwaberem with Agya Owusu Ansah as a host said, the association is hopeful to abide by the President’s directive by Monday.

“When we met the President, he told us to ensure that the law works but we shouldn’t take the law into our own hands. So, this action was not taken by only the leadership, so whatever the government urged us to do, we needed our members before we can take any decision. And so out of respect for the president, we have decided that once he has promised that he will make the institutions work immediately, it is proper for us to agree and respect him to get the shops opened. We met on Thursday, so we have agreed that we will issue a communiqué so that tentatively on Monday we will open the shops.”

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