THE CHAIRMAN of the Kejetia Petty Traders Association, Nana Prempeh, has urged the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to deal ruthlessly with recalcitrant traders in the city.
According to him, the KMA had refurbished the Race Course Terminal and also constructed enough satellite markets in the city to accommodate all traders in the city, and lamented that some traders have refused to adhere to directives to relocate, which he noted, is intended to better the operations of all traders and hawkers in the metropolis.
Nana Prempeh observed that these recalcitrant traders are still selling on road pavements and thereby, causing congestion in several parts of Kumasi.
According to the Kejetia Petty Traders Association Chairman, if KMA remains soft and continues to give a human face to its relocation efforts, the exercise would hit the rocks.
He described the traders as stubborn people who would only abide by KMA’s directive when the whip is cracked.
“Some of the traders are stubborn and so no amount of persuasion will influence them to move from the pavement and the roads to the Race Course and other satellite markets to trade.
“I bet you, if the KMA stops giving a human-face to the exercise and cracks the whip on the traders, they would move from the roads”, Nana Prempeh said on Nhyira FM.
He also cautioned against dumping waste into open drainage systems, which eventually leads to flooding most parts of the metropolis, anytime it rained.
“The KMA officials are not the ones who leave their offices and throw the waste into our gutters. We, the residents of the city, are the culprits of throwing waste into the gutters and we should stop”.
By: Kwadwo Essel