Standard of living in Accra is expensive; Kumasi the cheapest in Ghana — GSS
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Standard of living in Accra is expensive; Kumasi the cheapest in Ghana — GSS

- Ghana Statistical Service has revealed that, over the past 12 months, Greater Accra was the most expensive region for consumers

- Inflation in Greater Accra stood at 12 percent, while the overall national average was 7.9 percent

- The Ashanti region, came in at eighth position with average inflation of 7.6 percent, making it among the least expensive regions for consumers

Data analysis of the Ghana Statistical Service on inflation for 2019, has revealed that, over the past 12 months, the Greater Accra region was the most expensive region for consumers.

The country’s statistical agency released its December 2019 data which showed that inflation in Greater Accra stood at 12 percent, while the overall national average was 7.9 percent.

Greater Accra was followed by the Upper West Region — ranked as the poorest region according to the Ghana Poverty Mapping Report, which came in with an average of 10.1 percent.

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Despite the general movement of prices in December 2019, a simple calculation of the average changes in prices of goods and services indicated that the Greater Accra region’s 10.3 percent was the highest in all the traditional ten regions measured.

The country’s second-largest city, Kumasi in the Ashanti region, came in at eighth position with an average inflation of 7.6 percent, making it among the least expensive regions for consumers.

In the December 2019 consumer price index released on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the Ashanti region’s 5 percent average price movement of goods and services was the lowest in the country further cementing the region’s tag as one of the least expensive.

The region with the lowest average movement in consumer prices over the period under review is the Upper East region.

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In other news, angry caterers under the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) besieged the Nima residence of President Akufo-Addo over the refusal of government to pay their arrears.

According to a Joy News report. the women blamed the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Cynthia Mamle Morrison for turning a deaf ear to their plight.

The women who converged at the president’s residence with their mattresses and pillows, Wednesday night, said they were willing to sleep over if assurances were not given to their concerns raised.

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