Ashaiman traders to demonstrate over poor market conditions

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Traders in the Ashaiman main market have threatened to demonstrate against the Ashiaman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) over poor conditions in the market.

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

The entire floor which is not paved becomes muddy making it difficult for buyers to visit the sheds to buy.

Ms. Magaret Asentewaa, a palm nut seller said the Assembly had neglected their needs even though they collect daily levies of 50 Ghana pesewas from every trader.

Mrs. Asantewaa added that several reports made to officials of ASHMA had not yielded any positive results, 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 Ashaiman Market Queen Mother, on her part, disclosed that the poor conditions have affected their sales as buyers felt reluctant to enter the market to buy, and instead buy 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 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 is putting in place measures to address their concerns.

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

Source: GNA

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