Persons with Disabilities in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region are appealing to government for financial assistance to cushion their business activities which have been badly affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The group says, their small scale enterprises are on the verge of collapse as they record low sales due to low customers’ purchasing power resulting from COVID-19.
Speaking exclusively to A1 News, Bolgatanga Municipal Chairman for the Society of Persons with Physically Disability Abu Isakar said, life have become unbearable for their members as they now struggle to make earns meet under difficult conditions hence their plea for government’s stimulus package.
He lamented how COVID-19 has brought untold hardship to members as the plight of many who are into leather works, kete weaving and other petty trade for survival is worsening by the day.
Mr. Isakar pressed on government to extend its stimulus package initiative to all its members to save their businesses from collapse.
“In fact, the leather shoe making business needs time and resources but how can we do that when we don’t even have food to feed due to the pandemic coupled with the temporary lockdown of borders.
Even the mega resources we used to operate with all have sunk into our stomachs. We are sitting at our shops but virtually, we doing nothing because a day will pass and we will not even get GHC 20.00 to go home meanwhile we have families to take care of”.
Meanwhile government has urged Ghanaian small scale businesses hit by COVID-19 to take advantage of its GHC 1.2b Coronavirus alleviation support programme which offers financial assistance to cushion their activities.
Mr. Isakar also appealed for personal protective equipment and hand washing facilities at their workplaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“At our center here, we do not have any veronica bucket or hand-sanitizers, the Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo provided us with a veronica bucket but it got broken.
The thing is, here we are numbering up to 20 people and sharing one bucket is even risky than ever. So, we are counting on anyone who will support us with PPE”.
Source : |A1radioonline.com|101.1MHZ|Moses Apiah| Ghana