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08.01.2005 General News

Take us away from the streets - Street Hawkers to JAK

By GNA
Take us away from the streets - Street Hawkers to JAK
JAN 8, 2005 GENERAL NEWS
Accra, Jan. 7, GNA - A group of hawkers some of whom had a windfall from the sale of their wares at the inauguration of President John Agyekum Kufuor on Friday asked the Government to provide them with better jobs. They said besides, ensuring a peaceful and stable economy, for the past four years, "this time we would like to see more job opportunities to put smiles on our faces". Mr Jeremy Asedebe, who sells beautifully decorated walking sticks and mufflers of political parties, told the Ghana News Agency: "My greatest expectation is for President Kufuor to provide more job for us this time, especially the youth. "The peaceful environment is important too, but if that has been achieved now, I think it will be proper that attention is shifted to creating more jobs to better the lives of the families." Master Ebenezer Mroh, 17, who hails from Gomoa in the Central Region, said: "I sell because I support myself in school and if my voice can only reach the President then I will like him to do everything possible for those of us selling on the streets to go to school. "We want to go back to school but our parents are poor and cannot pay for our education. Sometimes what to eat is so difficult, which explains why we cannot stay with our parents," he said.
He said he made sales of about 200,000 cedis at the Independence Square during the inauguration and he made a profit of about 80,000 cedis.
He said he would use the money to pay his school fees.
Master Kwabena Donkor, 16, also from the Central Region said: "What I want the Government to do is to have sympathy on those of us who make ends meet on the street.
"I want the Government to tell the "Abaeei" people (AMA taskforce) to stop harassing and chasing us because we are suffering, he said.


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