Smock weavers in Bolgatanga are lamenting of low patronage of their business due to the high cost of materials for weaving the smocks. According to them, a smock that was sold at Ghc 200 cedis last year, is now selling at Ghc 300 due to the high cost of materials for weaving and sewing.
“Our prices keep on increasing and that makes it difficult for people to buy. When someone enters here and we tell him that the price of a good smock is 300, they don’t always want to buy. Because of the high cost of the materials, we cannot sew the smocks and hang them like the way we use to do. For now, what we do is to take orders from those who want to purchase”, Yahaya Tijani, a smock dealer spoke exclusively to A1 NEWS.
Ahead of President Akufo-Addo’s address to the nation, Mr. Tijani “expects the president to show some concern about the smock business, also, the president should encourage Ghanaians to be wearing the Bolga smocks”.
President Akufo-Addo in honoring the constitutional obligation will deliver a State of the Nation Address in parliament today.
Another smock dealer, Issaka Mukaila expects the president to outline policy guidelines that will guide their business and leverage them out of poverty.
“Some of our expectations are that we want the policies that the president will be able to put in place for our smock market to grow. Additionally, the roads linking our communities are very bad, so we want the president to talk about that and direct the contractors to return to the site”.
A student, Musah Issah who assists his brothers at the Bolgatanga Smock Market during the holidays, wants the president to put in pragmatic measures to improve the standards of education in the country.
Source: A1Radioonline.com|Joshua Asaah|101.1Mhz