It has been a battle of survival or declination among some petty businesses around the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ). Whilst the students seem to enjoy longer vacation, the traders in the vicinity are quite worried.
Some owners of these small scale businesses have voiced out their disappointments over the long vacation.
However, they are happy with the increment of the University’s population since it gives their sales a much boost.
Speaking to gijonline.com news, the Airtime seller closer to the entrance of the school claims he experiences drastic reduction in patronage when the school is on long vacation, since his daily sales are mostly dependent on the students.
A taxi driver who is at the taxi rank of the school and a food vendor say the longer vacation affects their businesses.
Meanwhile, a popular cobbler opposite the main entrance of the school says he is not much affected by long vacation since he offers services to all people, and not only to the students. According to him, people passing by the school also offer him a lot of work and so his sales do not differ much from what he makes when school is not on vacation.
Owners of these businesses however, pleads with authority of the Institute to reduce the length of the vacation.
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Story by: Abena Akyaa Abrokwah (level 300 JN C) & ELizabeth Abbam (level 300 PR B)