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Ashiaman traders to demonstrate over poor market condition

By Isaac
Newton Tetteh GNA,

Ashaiman, July 10, GNA – Traders in the
Ashaiman main market have threatened to demonstrate against the Ashiaman
Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) over the poor condition of the market.

The traders, who were visibly not happy about
the Ashaiman main market condition, therefore issued a one week ultimatum to
the Assembly to fix the problem or face their wrath.

When the Ghana News Agency visited the market
on Friday, the entire floor which was not paved was muddy making it difficult
for buyers to visit the sheds to buy, as they had wade through the mud, falling
and bumping into each other as well trying so hard not to push wares on display
onto the bare ground.  

Ms Magaret Asentewaa, a palmnut seller, told
the GNA that the Assembly had neglected their needs even though they collect
daily levies of 50 Ghana Pesewas from every trader.

Mrs Asantewaa added that the several reports
made to officials of ASHMA had not yielded any positive result and that the
only way to compel the authorities to act was to embark on a demonstration to
express their displeasure adding that “we will ensure it will be a naked demo”.

She stated that the market was always muddy
even when it had not rained due to a water pipeline leakage.

Mrs. Leticia Ayabah, the Ashiaman Market Queen
Mother, on her part, disclosed that the poor condition of the market was
affecting their sales as buyers felt reluctant to enter the market to buy and
preferred buying from the roadside.

Mrs Ayabah said the situation coupled with
daily increase in prices of goods was greatly affecting their business hence
their inability to meet their family obligations.  

Some traders also appealed to the Assembly to
eject people selling on the roadside as a way to ensure that buyers enter the
market to buy “irrespective of the market conditions”.

Mr Braima Bukari Abdulai, Presiding Member for
ASHMA, reacting to the concerns of the traders, pleaded with them to exercise
patience as according to him, the Assembly was putting in measures to address
their concerns.

Mr Abdulai announced that the Assembly would
soon embark on a massive decongestion exercise in the main market to clear the
leans and ensure free movement of people and goods.

GNA

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