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Traders, transport operators panic over K’si Central Market reconstruction

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), has failed to give details about where it intends to relocate traders and transport unions who operate at the Kejetia Bus Terminal as it prepares to reconstruct the Kumasi Central Market.

Parliament last week approved a loan facility of $298 million for the reconstruction of the Kumasi Central Market.

The reconstruction project of the 90 year old market, which is the biggest in West Africa is scheduled to begin in March this year by a Brazilian firm.

The exercise has become necessary due to the numerous fire outbreaks that have engulfed the market in recent times.

In less than a year, there have been more than 4 major fire outbreaks of which the causes have been attributed to illegal connections, lack of proper security posts among others.

The market, when completed, will have a clinic, police post, fire service and educational facilities.

However, some market women are worried the KMA would rent out the market stalls to the politically-connected or new tenants who can afford higher rent charge.

They are also raising concerns about the possible loss of customers as they would be moved to a new location.

But in an interview with Ultimate FM, the Public Relations Manager of the KMA, Godwin Okuma Nyame, noted that the Assembly will not disclose any further details on the relocation until they engage the affected traders in a stakeholders meeting.

“What we intend to do now is to have stakeholders meeting with the traders concerning sensitization and registration.

“When that is done; we then prepare a place for them… so for the issue of evacuation of the traders by next month, we have not even reached there yet,” he explained.

Source:Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/Patricia Ama Bonsu

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