The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) yesterday January 29, embarked on a mission to sack all traders who sells on the street of Korle Gonno,a place called Tuesday Market in the Ablekuma South municipality.
According to the AMA the traders makes the place dirty and clumsy due to their selling activities. The AMA said the activities of the traders does not help in the realization of law and order in the area, since there exist a market structure where traders are expected to sell there not on the streets.
The Assembly insisted that no one will be allowed to sell on the streets , because after they have sold their goods , proper cleaning exercise is not done, thereby bringing dirts. This, the Assembly believes contradict President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in West Africa.
Public Relations Officer of AMA, Mr. Gilbert Amankwaah told dikoder.com in an interview that when the traders were being sackeed to maintain the market , Ghana can not develop when people take the laws in their own hands. ” There are people who are even sleeping here in the market. It is not about the fact that the Assembly wants to clear people. We have to be responsible, if we want progress we must change. All the shelves in the market are empty and no one is selling there. This time we are not leaving no stone unturn. We insist that the street is not a place to sell,” he noted.
However, an aggrieved trader appealed that the President should intervene.
“We dont dont sell here always,we sell only on Tuesdays, it means the whole month we sell here only four times.I do not know where the directive is coming from, during kuffour time they sacked us, but during the reign of Atta Mills and John Mahama they allowed us to sell here, now is the turn of Akuffo Addo and we are being sacked again.
I am begging the president Nana Akuffo Addo and the Mayor to have mercy on us. Most of us selling are bread -winners to our families , What do you expect us to to when you vacate us from this place . God will ask you ” the woman asserted.