Players in the funeral industry in the Central Region have complained of low sales since the President’s directive banning all social gatherings to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
They described the low level of sales as unprecedented and a serious drain on their income – affecting their investments and business expansions.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mr Johnson Lamptey, a 52-year-old casket maker with over 20 years of experience said, “This is the first time we are experiencing such a massive dip in sale returns.”
Holding his cross-cut saw, and pointing sadly to over 10 caskets that were not collected last week, he prayed that the directive was reversed in no time to enable them stay in business.
Mr Odame, another dealer whose business is at Assin Bereku, the capital of the Assin North District, said his capital was locked up due to low patronage.
He said he normally sold at least five coffins per week with prices ranging from GH¢1,500.00 to GH¢7,000.00, but sold only two coffins after the directive on COVID-19 preventive measures.
They largely complained about stagnant sales and prayed the government to reduce utility bills with constant supply to enable them to sustain their businesses.
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