The decision by Nigerian authorities to shut their borders with other West African neighbors has drawn the fury of some traders in Ghana.
A leader of the largest traders association in Ghana, therefore, urged Ghanaians to boycott Nigerian products, by way of retaliation.
Nigeria has shut its borders completely with other West African countries, since September, leaving traders in the sub-region who export products to that country stranded.
“Let’s boycott Nigerian products as payback to their government’s action, David Kwadwo Amoateng, the Accra Regional Secretary of the Ghana Union Traders Association (GUTA) said in a radio talk-show over the weekend.
The Nigerian government has also imposed a ban on the importation of 43 products, including rice, cement, textile products, and cocoa butter, among others, which are produced by Nigeria.
Earlier on Thursday, Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said in a statement that Ghana and Nigeria had agreed to create a temporary corridor on Nigeria’s western border with Benin, where Ghanaian goods in transit from Benin and vice versa could pass.
The foreign ministry said the agreement was to avoid collateral damage arising from the closure of Nigeria’s borders with Benin.
Ghana and Nigeria are the two largest markets in the sub-region, with Nigeria controlling more than 50 percent of the West African population of 394.5 million. Enditem