Cost Of Living: Kumasi Residents Lament Increment In Prices Of Sachet And Packaged Water
Some residents of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region have expressed worry over the increase in the price of sachet and packaged water goes up effective Monday, September 19.
According to them, the situation will adversely affect their already bad living condition.
The National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers announced that a bag of sachet water will sell at GH₵ 7 from retail trucks whiles selling at GH₵ 9 from mini shops all across the country.
According to NASPAWAP, the move was necessitated by the rising cost of inputs, packaging materials which are mainly imported, and the increase in utility tariffs which took effect on the 1st of September 2022.
The development has called for sachet and packaged water to be sold at 50 pesewas and GH₵ 3 respectively.
However, in reaction to the development, some residents in the Ashanti Region revealed to Mx24 News’ Regional Content Manager, Fatawu Bayagu that, the rising inflation in recent times is making life very unbearable.
‘’If one sachet of water is 50 pesewas, how will ten sachets be? Honestly, they are struggling with this governance so the president should do something about it.
“If one sachet of water was 30 pesewas and now it’s 50 pesewas, how can we drink water? I am a member of the NPP but this government will not help me’’. One resident said.
Another also called on the government to help reduce the burden on Ghanaians as life is becoming unbearable.
‘’We are pleading with the government to help reduce the burden on us because 50 pesewas for one sachet of water will be hard to afford given that you cannot survive on just one sachet throughout the day,’’ she said.
Meanwhile, some hawkers of the commodity in the region have welcomed the decision saying it will help them maximize profit to help take care of themselves and their families.
Some also called on their fellow hawkers to comply with the directive to boost their businesses.