Mechanical works at Sunyani ‘Magazine’ in limbo

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    Dennis Peprah, GNA 

    Sunyani, Aug. 29, GNA – Mechanical works at
    the Sunyani main ‘Magazine’ is in limbo, following the closure of shops
    belonging to Nigerian spare parts dealers at the enclave by the Brong-Ahafo
    Regional branch of the Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG).

    Last week, the Association ordered the foreign
    traders dealing in new and second hand spare parts to close their shops because
    members were unhappy that they (expatriate businessmen and women) had invaded
    the enclave and were rather engaged in general retailing instead of
    wholesaling.

    Meanwhile some motorists, vehicle owners and
    mechanics at the place have complained that since those shops were closed it
    has been difficult to get spare parts to buy.

    When the Ghana News Agency visited the
    mechanical enclave on Wednesday, many of the shops were closed, an indication
    that the Nigerian expatriate traders owned most of them.

    This situation is pushing some of the
    mechanics to impress on the Executives of the Association to rescind their
    decision and allow the Nigerians to return to business.

    “I don’t think the decision taken by the
    Association is the best. Now look at the way we are all struggling to get even
    a common fan belt to buy”, one of the visibly angry mechanics told the GNA on
    condition of anonymity.

    Though their shops were closed, many of the
    Nigerian businessmen and women were sighted in front of them but declined to
    comment on the matter.

    Meanwhile, the Association has affirmed it is
    unlawful for the Nigerians to engage in retailing, insisting that the trade is
    for Ghanaians only.

    In an interview with the GNA, Mr Augustine
    Osei-Tutu, the Sunyani branch Chairman of the GNAG, said the Association was
    yet to meet with authorities at the Sunyani Municipal Assembly, Customs, Excise
    and Preventive Service Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Ghana
    Immigration Service to deliberate on the matter.

    He said it was untrue that spare parts were
    scarce to buy at the “Magazine” saying such claims were a ploy adopted by the
    Nigerian traders, ostensibly to win the support of some of the mechanics.

    Mr Osei-Tutu said the association would relay
    outcomes of the meeting to the media next week and advised vehicles owners and
    disgruntled mechanics to be patient, as the Association work for their
    interest.

    GNA

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