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
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