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AMA: Decongestion intensifies, street hawkers angry


Hawkers around the Makola Market in Accra have indicated their displeasure with the decongestion exercise being undertaken by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) task force.

Whiles pedestrians and shop owners have expressed appreciation to the Assembly for the good work done, hawkers in the area are not happy with the exercise due to the financial loss it has brought on them.

A foodstuff seller around the Makola Market described the decongestion exercise as a nightmare.

“Our start-up monies came as a result of bank loans and other personal loans, now it’s gone. They took my things on three different occasions and I had to pay a fine each time to get my stuff back,” she said.

The Rawlings Park area, which hitherto was heavily choked and human and vehicular movement was difficult, now has a new face. A visit to the area revealed free movement of both vehicles and pedestrians.

Another seller at the area revealed to omg!Ghana that the current situation they find themselves in is very worrying. According to her, there were instances where they couldn’t retrieve all their wares after it’s been confiscated by the task force due to misplacement.

The traders have meanwhile appealed to AMA to give them some time to relocate to other markets within the Metropolis.

“Our father, the mayor, should give us some three months grace period,” they appealed.

Pedestrians meanwhile have expresses satisfaction with the exercise and are praying that the AMA can sustain it. They exepressed happiness that they can move freely and quickly to and from their destination.

“The has made the pedestrian walkways free and convenient to use. I hope that it does not become a nine day wonder as previous exercises,” a pedestrian stated.


Posted: 30-Jan
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