GUTA backs Kumasi traders protest

Kumasi market

The Ghana Union Traders Association has fully backed the decision by the frustrated business people in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

Mr Charles Kusi Appiah, the Executive Secretary of the Adum business community during an interview on Citi FM urged the government to give a listening ear to the solutions they have suggested.

The traders called for pro-activeness on the part of the government to solve the issue as they would prefer the tax and levies to be at source for an even price when goods flood the market.

“Government will optimize on its revenue mobilization and businesses will have that sanity and clear mind to do business and pay our corporate taxes and PAYE. The government will be at the advantage when this recommendation is accepted.”

Mr Kusi Appiah stated that as business owners, they cannot watch their sweat go down the drain unconcerned.

The support by GUTA was highly commended by Mr Kusi Appiah as they were surprised at the backing they got from them.

To him, this is evident that their decision to protest was for the right cause.

A major concern the traders also raised is the strength of the cedi following its constant depreciation as it is taking a toll on their businesses as well.

The dollar is currently trading at a little over GH¢11 to $1.

GUTA has cautioned that if the issues the traders laid bare are not addressed, more agitations will follow. 

President of GUTA, Dr Joseph Obeng has revealed that the anger within the business community has been contained for too long and if care is not taken it will explode as other groups will soon join in.

Traders at Adum locked up their shops to protest over the worsening economic conditions in the country.


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