Ashaiman Assembly Wastes Cash On Rail Guard

THE ASHAIMAN Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) has purportedly blown an amount of over GH₵9, 000 to mount a guard rail along the area central market in an attempt to ward off hawkers who have taken over the Ashaiman roads.

Surprisingly, the construction of the rail guard has not yielded any results as the hawkers have jumped the guard to display their wares on the road and are doing brisk business with impunity.

Also, scrap dealers, soon after the erection of the rail guard, started cutting the metal for sale, causing some of the metals to start falling.

Owing to this, traders have taken over every single space in the entire municipality, hindering the free flow of movement and activities within the central business district of the municipality.

The main road stretching from the traffic light to Lebanon has completely been taken over by these traders at the expense of motorists and pedestrians, while majority of the market women have resorted to using the road as their discharging bay, thereby impeding vehicular movement.

As if that were not enough, the hawkers have turned the office of the municipal assembly into a market zone, impeding the activities of the assembly and creating inconvenience to the city authorities who look on unconcerned.

The seeming unending chaos has kept on attracting several of these hawkers, as their number keeps increasing by the day and worsening the situation each passing day.

This, according to some traders within the Ashaiman main market, has given them cause to worry. They said the situation had prevented potential buyers from entering the market to buy from legitimate traders in the market as they are often met with wares by these recalcitrant hawkers on the road.

Recently, the queen mother of the Ashaiman main market bemoaned the unending menace and called on the Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, to chase the hawkers off the streets of Ashaiman.

Responding to the plea of the queen mother, Nii Afotey-Agbo had told the gathering and the traders to protect their sheds against new entrants since the assembly and the municipality was challenged with regard to land.

Nii Anang Adzor, the Regent of Ashaiman, has appealed to the assembly to effectively manage the commercial activities in the municipality by providing these hawkers with proper market places and collect taxes from them to boost its internally generated funds.

The regent is hopeful that the municipality will develop if the assembly manages the hawkers’ menace well.

From Vincent Kubi, Ashaiman

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