The year 2020 has been one particular which would be remembered by many throughout the environment subsequent the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which has left numerous economies crumbling.
Financial pursuits in Ghana practically came to a halt as the government place in position measures to incorporate the distribute of the fatal ailment immediately after the state recorded its 1st situation on March 12.
The closure of colleges, markets, motels, pubs, beach locations, malls and other public locations which authorized mass collecting of people today led to the loss of work especially in the personal sector.
It is on the again of the adverse influence of COVID-19 on the funds of the populace that the Ghana News Agency (GNA) sampled the views of Ghanaians in the Central Business District of Kumasi to confirm the expectations of the men and women on the eve of Christmas.
Numerous of the respondents who spoke to the GNA expressed lower expectations for the yuletide, citing the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and the uncertainties surrounding the just ended standard elections.
These sentiments slash across individuals who were in city for Christmas buying as effectively as traders hoping to make fantastic income on the final working day in advance of the Christmas split.
Mr. Okyere Darko, a businessman, mentioned enterprise had been gradual persuasive him to lay off some of his employees with those people who preserved their jobs acquiring fifty percent of their salaries.
“I really don’t consider Christmas is going to be enjoyable as past years due to the fact people today don’t have the purchasing electric power to make the time memorable,” he stated.
Mrs. Gloria Kankam, a trader at the Kumasi Central Current market, explained Xmas was about merry generating, so she expected men and women to rejoice even with the financial hardship which was not peculiar to Ghana.
Mr. Sago Dennis, a shoe maker, on the other hand, thought the disagreement amongst the two key political events above the election effects could mar the magnificence of the Christmas celebrations
For Ms. Elizabeth Oppong, a personal faculty instructor, said how to give 3 sq. meals for herself and her 10-yr outdated daughter was a enormous challenge, so making merry this festive season was a secondary matter to her.
She stated they survived on her 50 % wage which could scarcely consider care of foods enable by yourself other products desired for Xmas.
Mr. Michael Menako, a previous employee at a hotel, who was laid off as a final result of COVID-19, said: “I was the breadwinner of my family members of 9, but now that I have shed my task the final point on my thoughts is Christmas”.
Dzifa Togbe, a head porter at the Kejetia Industry, claimed she would not journey house for Christmas for the very first time since of weak profits in the very last couple of months.