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ajbabe
17th January 2012, 04:38 PM
A cross-section of traders in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis has attributed the low patronage of items to recent astronomical increment in fuel prices by Mills-led government.

They have therefore called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, reduce the prices of petroleum products to lessen the economic hardship the people were going through.

A visit by BUSINESS GUIDE to the Takoradi main market and other satellite markets in the metropolis revealed that many shops were yet to open for business two weeks after the Christmas. Most shops in the markets were still under lock and key, while traffic was very light in the areas visited.

Mama Esther, a popular cloth dealer at the Takoradi main market bemoaned the economic hardship Ghanaians were going through under the current NDC government.

She vented her spleen on President Mills for allegedly doing nothing to help increase sales of their goods in the markets.

According to her, the recent hike in petroleum prices had affected their businesses, and that some of the women were even planning to close down their shops and sit at home.

Mama Esther noted that what had even worsened the situation was the high school fees parents paid after huge admission fees, adding 'So now people don't have money to buy goods'.

She observed that even though she was not doing politics, the situation was far better during the previous NPP regime and called on the electorate in Ghana vote the NDC out of office in the December general elections.

'Most of the women in this market are bread-winners in our various homes, so if we come to market and we are not able make any sale, how do you expect us to take care of our respective families', she wondered.

Madam Theresah Anderson and Sarah Simpson, both tomatoes dealers, also raised concern over the recent petroleum price hikes, and stressed that it had also increased the prices of tomatoes at the farm, as well as cost of transport to the urban centres.

They alleged that in November last year one big box or curtain of tomatoes was selling at between 50 and 60 Ghana cedis 'but you will not believe it, as I speak to you now one big box of tomatoes is selling at 400 Ghana cedis'.

Madam Felicia Akosua-Owusu and Elizabeth Jones, who deal in assorted dresses and cooking utensils respectively, said customers were not patronizing their wares because of the high prices as a result of the increase in taxes on the goods.

Emmanuel Asiedu, a second-hand cloth dealer said, 'Sales are very low now because most of our customers who traveled to their villages to celebrate the Christmas are not yet back.'

By Emmanuel Opoku