A 76-year old pensioner has appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to find ways of cushioning pensioners in this COVID-19 era.

Mr Patric Apulla, a retired public servant and Chief of Nyakpala Zongo, who spoke with the Ghana News Agency(GNA) in a telephone interview, said many retired public servants would need some form of financial support to go through the COVID-19.

He explained that as a result of the COVID-19 scare, there is panic storing of food across the country which had led to sharp increase in food items.

Citing the Nyankpala area, Mr Apulla said the price of maize had increased from GHC2.50 to GhC5.00 per a bowl, local rice price had also increased from GHC5.00 per a bowl to GHC8.00, groundnuts from GHC10.00 to GHC15.00 and dried fingerlings locally called Keta School Boys has also increased from GHC40.00 to GHC75.00.

He said many pensioners from the public service receive less than a GHC1,000.00 with many of those around his age receiving below GhC500,00 a month.

Mr Appula said with the low pensions, the pensioners had to support their unemployed children and in some cases care for some of their grandchildren.

Mr Apulla said with the increase in food prices, many retired public servants would need support to survive the COVID-19 era.

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