• Short Summary

    The rush to sell specified foreign goods before a government ban on such sales comes into effect has been gathering pace in Ghana.

  • Description

    The rush to sell specified foreign goods before a government ban on such sales comes into effect has been gathering pace in Ghana. Household commodities that had not been seen in the country for a long time have suddenly reappeared in abundance in markets and shops.

    Colonel Ignatius Acheampong's government officially announced on Thursday (11 March) that any unlicensed trader who sells the specified goods after March 15 will be liable to a fine not exceeding 2,000 cedis (about GBP600 sterling) or three years prison or both.

    There had been a critical shortage of household commodity goods like sugar, milk, batteries, baby foods, soap and toothpaste -- and the idea of the government's act was to stop the hoarding and profiteering that had largely caused the shortage. Individuals or groups had been buying up most of such household goods and then reselling them to the general public at higher prices.

    During Thursday hundreds of workers, farmers and young people demonstrated in Accra in favour of the government's decision.

    SYNOPSIS: The rush to sell certain foreign goods before a government ban on their sale comes into effect, has been gathering pace in Ghana.

    In the markets of the capital Accra household commodity goods that have hardly been seen for a long time have suddenly been appearing in plenty. Colonel Ignatiue Acheampong's government announced on Thursday that any unlicensed trader caught selling certain goods would be fined, imprisoned, or both. There had been a critical shortage of goods like sugar, milk, baby foods, soap and toothpaste. The idea of the government's act was to stop the hoarding and profiteering that caused the shortage.

    Hundreds of workers, farmers and young people have since demonstrated in Accra in favour of the government's decision.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACYWD50G7H66KR2YTANDQR7PDA
    Media URN:
    VLVACYWD50G7H66KR2YTANDQR7PDA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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