The Northern Regional branch of the Progressive Traders’ Association has issued a two weeks ultimatum to government to address the influx of foreigners into the retail market.
At a news conference in Tamale, the traders said foreigners have taken over retail business to the detriment and dismay of indigenous traders’ whiles authorities refuse to enforce laws prohibiting foreigners from retail business.
Secretary to the group Thomas Adjei warned that the association will be left with no alternative than to stage a demonstration if government fails to curb the illegal activities of the foreigners.
Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has reassured its readiness to curtail and avert any untoward acts of vandalism and violence of any group while government finds a permanent solution to the impasse.
REGSEC acknowledged the peaceful coexistence between Ghanaians and other foreigners within the region but finds it prudent to call for restraint from both parties in airing their views regarding the increasing calls on government to regulate activities of foreigners engaged in retail business in Ghana.
A statement from REGSEC cautioned GUTA and the affected foreign traders to use the appropriate channels available in resolving their differences and in a way that will help find a lasting solution to the impasse.
The news release copied to Diamond news warned that the security agencies will deal ruthlessly with persons that will hind under the impasse to perpetuate violence and undermine the peace and security in the region.