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We struggle to make ends meet – Kumasi Youth Lament Economic Hardship under Akuffo-Addo.

Some Kumasi locals have lamented Ghana’s present economic crisis, claiming it has made life “tougher” for them. Kumasi is the capital of the Ashanti Regional.

Some of these young people appeared in a MultiCDB documentary where they claimed that life has become intolerable and that they have been struggling to make ends meet.

One of the young people, Kwabena, who sold “take away runners,” revealed how he used to make significant profits but now finds it challenging to sell half of his consignments.

“Now the market is slow. First (previously), I could generate about Gh¢200 as profit from sales, but now I can’t even sell all to be paid by my employer”, he lamented.

Another group of workers from a wood mill who relocated from Navrongo to Kumasi in search of better opportunities also related their experiences.

They added that although they are paid for the work they complete each day, there were instances when they would leave for work and come home empty-handed.

“Nowadays price of food is expensive and sellers quarrel with us, because we don’t have enough to purchase it.”

They pleaded on the Ghanaian government and the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to immediately implement steps to give jobs to the youth, especially graduates since the majority of them remain unemployed.

They continued by saying that the nation’s present unemployment rate would encourage certain young people to engage in inappropriate and deviant behavior, which might compromise the nation’s overall security.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication do not in anyway reflect the opinions of State News Ghana

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