The fate of head porters (kayayei) in Ghana stands on the balance as the gender minister, Otiko Djaba, has pledged to put an end to the life long business.
“We have contacted this German company which is helping to develop a truck-like vehicle for carting goods at the market centres instead of people carrying it on their heads, so the Kayayei phenomenon would be abolished soon…,” she revealed in an interview with Adom TV.
The revelation made by Otiko follows the recent pledge by finance minister, Ken Ofori Attah to abolish taxes of head porters in the country.
Close to 50,000 head porters in Ghana are documented to be in the business due to economic and social constructs. Meanwhile, the move by the gender minister to improve the lot of underprivileged girls and women as Ghana marks international women's day.