Shortage of beer in Upper West Region forces retailers to sleep at depots

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Traders in the Upper West Region are lamenting the struggles they go through to purchase beer to be sold to regular consumers.

Some restaurant, hotel, and bar operators have reportedly had to spend the night at beer depots to enable them to secure what they have come to refer to as a “precious commodity.”

Operators have consequentially been forced to increase the price per Club Beer bottle from GH¢5 to GH¢7.

Joy News gathers that irrespective of the price surge, most traders have to struggle to join long queues during wee hours of the day at various depots for the beverage.

Resident and owner of Dam View Bar, Diana Delle, who was overtly worried, expressed frustration about the unending scramble.

“I’ve been here since 5am and I’ve still not gotten the drinks. The queue is too much. I’m even thirsty,” she lamented.

Just like Mrs. Delle, residents from far and near who have been stuck at the depots for several hours are complaining about the scarcity. They claim the situation has left them disoriented.

Medical practitioner, Dr. Mwinisong Amos, who also owns a local drinking spot reveals that the beverage is only secured when one has an insider.

“Assuming you own a business from which you get your daily bread, and you come with 15 crates and you’re given two, where are you expected to get the rest from?” he quizzed in addition.

Meanwhile, the salesmen have refuted the claim that the products are being hoarded in order to make abnormal profit.

They acknowledge however that the situation influences their resort to conditional sales.

Filed by: JoyNews

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