Accra under siege but business not brisk

The Central Business District (CBD) of Accra is under siege as hundreds of shoppers make last-minute efforts to buy items for the Christmas season.

As a result, pedestrians, motorists, shoppers, traders and hawkers, as usual, are caught in heavy traffic.

Roads leading to the CBD are clogged with vehicular and human traffic. For instance, traffic thickens from Achimota through the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to Accra and from the Mallam Junction through to Kaneshie to Accra and also from Adenta through the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange to the 37 Military Hospital to Accra.

However, despite the number of shoppers in town and the chaotic scenes, traders are complaining about low sales due to increases in the prices of items.

The Daily Graphic visited the CBD to find out how business was being conducted and how people were also shopping for the Yuletide.

Among the goods in high demand were food items such as rice, oil and confectioneries. Also in high demand were clothes, especially children’s wear, and shoes.

During interactions with some of the traders, they claimed that their sales were not encouraging, and that last year’s were better than this year’s.

The traders attributed the low sales to increases in the prices of goods.

“The market was far better last year; at least we had people coming in and out but as for this year, the prices are too high so they only come and ask the prices and go away, lamenting that they are too expensive,” Bernard Addo, a trader, said.

Emelia Magyama, a rice and oil trader, said although people trooped into her shop to ask for the prices of the goods, they hardly bought any items.

Another trader in utensils, Veronica Benson, said, “You can see from people’s facial expression that they want to buy but because there is no money in the system, they turn away because they see the goods to be expensive.”

“We cannot complain much, although business is very bad; I am really grateful to God for His grace and for the life He has given me throughout the year. We pray that things get better,” Mary Appiah-Danquah, a cassava seller, said.

Shoppers who spoke to the Daily Graphic could not stop lamenting about the increases in the prices of goods during the festive season.

“I only came to buy tomatoes for GH¢8 last week and today they are selling it for GH¢15, which I think is outrageous,” Belinda Esson said.

Another shopper who was spotted standing by children’s wear, Vivian Afun, said, “I have three children and I need to get them their Christmas clothes and shoes but from the prices they are quoting, I have to go back and come.

Source : Graphic Online