Christmas fervour yet to be experienced in the Takoradi Metropolis
Takoradi, The Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis is yet to be hit by the approaching Christmas vehemence with barely nine days to the festive occasion.
A visit to the central business district by the GNA on Saturday morning did not show much of brisk window or real shopping by the public ahead of the Christmas celebration.
Christmas, has become a popular celebration on the Christian calendar which also marks the end of the year and as such many people make merry to express their happiness in making it to the last month of the year.
Unlike this visit by the GNA, previous visits had showed that people bought ahead of time to mark the celebration particularly children’s wear and accessories for women.
Many of the shops owners and attendants the GNA interviewed had low morale and were not enthused about sales pattern since the beginning of December.
Mr Kweku Tiko, a shop owner who deals in children wear said things were not moving as expected and prayed that sales would pick up in the coming days.
Madam Vivian Adjei, who trades in artificial hair extension also confirmed that the market had been slow adding, As the gods have been pacified, we pray it will translate into sales from next week onwards.
The market underwent a three-day pacification exercise to appease the gods who according to sources were the cause of low patronage at the market.
Mrs. Esi Baidoo, a shop owner who compared last year to this year bemoaned the slow pace of patronage, adding that it would be difficult to pay back loans if sales did not improve.
Most of the dealers in rice, oil and other food products had no different story to tell, meanwhile, cold stores around the market during the time of visit were offloading boxes of fish and meat products ahead of the celebration.
The Metropolis was also yet to experience any heavy vehicular traffic.
Source: Ghana News Agency