AMA orders encroachers on pavements to leave

Accra, Aug. 9, GNA – The Accra Metropolitan
Assembly (AMA) has ordered hawkers who ply their trade  on pavements, footbridges and other opens
spaces to leave.

It said it would be conducting a decongestion
exercise to rid the Metropolis of such activities.

The order was given in a statement signed by
Mr Sam Ayeh-Datey, the Metropolitan Coordinating Director, and copied to the
Ghana News Agency on Wednesday.

The statement said: “We wish to bring to the
fore that their activities are a contributory factor to the heaps of garbage
deposited along the roads and additionally, they also place themselves in
harm’s way as vehicles can accidentally crash into them as had been witnessed
many times before.”

It reminded the encroachers that their
activities are contrary to the AMA Hawkers Bye-law of 2011 and Section 117(1)
of the Road Traffic Regulations, 2012(L.I. 2180), which are punishable by law.

The AMA further reminded all property owners
within its jurisdiction of the Premises Maintenance Bye-law 1995, which directs
property owners or occupiers of the need to “white wash, paint or put the
premises in a state of cleanliness.”

The statement said the decongestion exercise
would be done in phases with the active collaboration of the Ghana Police

It said the focus areas would be the Central
Business District, Kaneshie Market Area, N1 Highway – (the Mallam-Achimota
stretch), Darkuman-Kokompe, Odorkor-Kwashieman Road, Nima Highway,
Agbogbloshie,  and the Kwame Nkrumah
Interchange and its environs.

The statement called on all those who ply
their trading along the Barnes Road and the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue from Old
Kingsway to N.I.B to vacate those areas with immediate effect while all others
are cautioned to go behind the “”Red Line”, a demarcated lines by the AMA.


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