Business News of 2014-01-05

‘Go slow’ hits ministries

Two days into the New Year, the usual brisk activities at the ministries, departments and state agencies (MDAs) were virtually absent.

Even though many workers reported for work on January 2, 2014, members of the public who normally trooped to the ministries to transact business were very few.

When the Daily Graphic visited the ministries in Accra, it observed that the usual traffic congestion at the car parking spaces were absent. Some of the institutions visited included the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ghana Education Service.

At the Ghana Education Service (GES), it was observed that some staff were packing and arranging old files.

“Some of the staff are not back from the holidays but others are here and we are working as usual”, Nana Ofori Ansah at the Public Relations Office at the GES said.

A receptionist at the Ministry of Trade and Industry also said work was moving on but at a slow pace.

Business activities

The slow pace of activities has also affected hawkers and traders who are usually seen around the ministries engaging in one business or another.

Although few of the hawkers and traders were seen doing business, they complained that business was very slow.

Madam Obaa Yaa, who sells fruits, said patronage was very poor, but expressed the hope that business would pick up in due course.

The situation was not different for Madam Afasatu Mohammed who sells provisions. She lamented that many people were still in the holiday mood, while others were yet to report after the break.

Expectations

On the expectations of the staff, Nana Ansah expressed the hope that the economy would improve this year.

He said the GES would continue to work hard to ensure quality education.

A civil servant, Mr Nicholas Amarboye, expressed the hope that the economy would get better this year as compared to that of last year, saying; “we hope for a better year.”

Ms Ruby Ntim of the Ministry of Health expressed the hope that health workers would work harder this year to ensure that Ghanaians received the best healthcare.

Source: Daily Graphic
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