A section of head Porters popularly known in local parlance as 'Kayayeis' and Spare Parts Dealers were spontaneous seen jubilating Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, yesterday following the presentation of the 2017 budget statement by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta in Parliament where he highlighted pro-poor policies.
The head porters and the Spare Dealers, in high spirits lauded government for the decision to scrap taxes on market tolls on their trade on and the importation of vehicle parts respectively.
Scores of them were seen jumping and chanting to express their appreciation to the government after the reading of the budget.
Their presence on the busy roads, especially at Adum in the Central Business District (CBD), caused traffic congestion.
Most of them also prayed openly for God’s guidance, protection, long life and blessings on President Akufo-Addo.
National President of the Head Porters Association of Ghana, Adiza Zongo Pioneer said the market tolls had for years consumed a chunk of the daily sales of her people and so they were very grateful to the president.
On behalf of the kayayei, she showered praises on President Akufo-Addo for being an honest leader, urging him to sustain his good works.
Spare parts dealers in Kumasi, notably Suame Magazine, also jubilated after the reading of the budget yesterday.
They said the president’s decision to abolish duty on imported spare parts would positively impact on their business.
The spare parts dealers therefore showered praises on President Akufo-Addo, giving the assurance that they would support the president to succeed.
In a related development, Spare parts dealers at Abossey-Okai in Accra were also reported to be chanting President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s name on the streets.