General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) Solomon Kotei, has applauded the Ministry of Trade and Industry for their initiative they have placed to remove Non-Ghanaians in retail sectors for Ghanaians.
Mr Kotei made the statement during an interview with the Kasoa based radio station Pink FM. He said, “There is no place in this world for a Ghanaian to go and venture into the selling and buying of goods. It is the job of the natives in the country to do that, instead in this country of ours, we see otherwise”.
On the topic about what the ICU will be doing to support the ultimatum given by the Ministry, Mr Kotei stated that, they will see to it that no traders is having any business connection with the foreigners and, those found will be dealt with according to the law.
Speaking to the host of ‘Omanbapa Kasa’ on Pink FM Mr. Kofi Asamoah Aning he indicated that the act will help Ghanaians in the retail sector to get their freedom to operate and moreover stop the complaints of the Ghanaian retailers.
He emphasized that no place except in Ghana, do we overlook certain things like this. Again he added that, even some non-Ghanaian retailers intend to mistreat their Ghanaian workers and do not allow them to join any association.
On the issue of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) and ICU being blamed for the foreign retailers including the Chinese invading the retail sector, he said that they can be partly blamed since the foreigners use the local retailers names’ to engage in selling their imported goods so they hardly know about it.
He continued by saying that the locals who cover up for the foreigners are cautioned against such act.
Non-Ghanaians in retail trade have been given up to July 27, 2018, to move out of the various markets or face the wrath of the government.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry which gave the order in a statement threatened to take legal action against recalcitrant non-Ghanaians who fail to adhere to the directive.
“Notice is hereby given to all non-Ghanaians who are engaged in retail trading activities contrary to the provision of the Act [GIPC Law 2013] to desist from doing so. All persons engaged in such practices are therefore advised to stop to avoid legal actions being taken against them,” the Ministry’s statement directed.
Story by: Elizabeth Adomah/ pinkfmonlinegh.com