Kayayei react to abolishment of levies

When Pulse.com.gh visited the Madina market, the head porters couldn’t keep their excitement to themselves; reminiscing how the tax collectors harass them on a daily basis for the collection of 50 pesewas.

Mr Ofori-Atta made the announcement during his first budget reading in Parliament on today, March 2.

Kayayei is a local term that refers to a head porter (mostly female) found in many of Ghana’s large markets. They mostly migrate from a rural northern Ghana community to urban centres in search of work. Some are as young as 12 years-old and others are 35 years.

When Pulse.com.gh visited the Madina market, the head porters couldn’t keep their excitement to themselves; reminiscing how the tax collectors harass them on a daily basis for the collection of 50 pesewas.

Those who could not pay had their carrier pans seized and the female porters would have to pay 20 cedis to get it back.

"We are very happy because of this announcement. We are also looking forward to the free housing the government promised", one head porter said amidst excitement.

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