Koforidua | Traders back to the pavements


Koforidua | Some traders within the New Juaben Municipality in Eastern Regional capital, have defied orders of the New Juaben Municipal Assembly (NJMA) and are still selling on pavements and unapproved places.

The NJMA cleared the pavements few days ago to the admiration of commuters and pedestrians.

However, on Monday, a market day, the traders were back, busily selling on the main principal streets of the Central Business District of the city.

Notable places in Koforidua where traders were busily selling include, Freedom stores, Total 2, in front Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), Central Police station and the Y&K area.

This, according to the authorities of the Assembly is illegal.

The traders have disclosed that they have no intention of vacating the Central Business District of the  city because the authorities have failed to provide alternative places to do business.

The Assembly relocated traders in the Central Business District of these areas to Zongo and the Agartha markets.

The Koforidua traders however argue that these places do not attract customers.

Also, these places do no have the needed capacity to absorb their teaming numbers.

The Assembly has been accused by the aggrieved traders of prioritizing the allocation of the two market stalls within the municipality to members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and members of the former government, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The relocation of traders is to help ease the heavy vehicular and human congestion.

This is not the first time the Assembly is coming into this banter with traders.

It can be recalled that in 2012 and 2013, the Assembly has several such clashes with traders.

During these clashes, charcoal traders behind the Central Police Station have also been accused of not heeding to the word of the Assembly.

On the other hand, most members of the public have lost confidence in the ability of the Assembly to maintain the streets after clearance.

They suspect that, during election years, the traders are normally left “off the hook” for political expediency.


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