COVID-19, a global pandemic which has affected many businesses across the world has now taken a toll on the “Okada” (Motorcycle Riders) business in Ghana leading to rendering most of the young youth in the country Jobless.
According to Musa, an Okada rider based in Kumasi, the business is shrinking gradually due to the safety protocols outlined by the president to observe a one-meter social distance.
“People don’t even patronize our services anymore because they are all afraid of contacting COVID-19, according to them if they should sit behind us the likelihood of we giving them the virus is high and also, most riders who even have the courage to take passengers to various destinations are chastised by the police on their way and sometimes get arrested,” he said.
Responding to a question on how much he is making in the wake of the pandemic, he noted that, the business is not lucrative and compared to pre-covid19
“We are also afraid to take them because you don’t know the person you are carrying whether the person has the virus or not, so because of that the business is not doing well, the sales we use to make before is no more the same now” he noted.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 has not only affected businesses but has also changed the way of life of many people, rendering some jobless as businesses and companies shut down due to fears of contacting COVID-19.
By Amos Ekow Coffie | talksafrica.com