gutaHundreds of Ghana Union Traders Association (GUTA) members in Kumasi and Accra have closed down their stores and stalls in response to a directive given by Ghana Union Traders Association leadership.

Osei Agyemang, committee member enforcing the 4 day directive explained to Capital News that the strike action is to impress upon legislators and the government on the need to shield indigenes in retail trade from foreigners takeover of the sector and to shine light on the high charges they pay at the various ports when clearing goods for sale in the country for changes to be effected.

The committee member who doubles as manager of Joe Agyengo phones at the Tip Toe Lane in Accra indicated that though Ghana is part of ECOWAS, laws promulgated by parliament safeguarding the interest of traders must be enforced to enable their survival stressing foreign nationals such as Nigerians must be restricted to wholesale business instead of competing with locals with the retail of goods.

On what action the GUTA leadership will take after the members resume trading on 27th June 2014; Osei Agyemang stated other options shall be exhausted till stakeholders take them seriously.

With the exception of table top sellers many traders at the Tip Toe lane in Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Okaishie and Makola markets heeded the directive not to open their stores.

Meanwhile Ghanaians fronting for Nigerians in securing stores and interstate marriages have made dealing with the Nigerian influx a challenge.

Some traders expressed their concerns about the economic challenges they face whiles offering some remedies.

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