The leadership of the pedestrian shopping mall near the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra has threatened to seize control of all significant pavements in the financial district if construction at the site of the market, which was completely destroyed by fire two years ago, does not move forward.
The market vendors voiced dissatisfaction with the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly for doing nothing to ensure the market is rebuilt and said that they intended to take matters into their own hands.
“We have come to the conclusion that the assembly has let us down and has nothing to offer us.
Every time we submit a follow-up, we are assured that it will be built, but it always takes forever.
The Pedestrian Shopping Mall was razed by fire in November 2020 affecting the livelihoods of the thousands of traders to sell there.
Speaking in an interview with GBC NEWS, Chairperson of the Pedestrian Shopping Mall Traders Association, Veronica Boakye, noted the condition under which they currently trade is precarious and accused authorities for neglect.
â€œWe will not continue to trade in this market for the thieves to take advantage of us and be overwhelmed by floods. We will remain selling on the pavement until we get some good Samaritan to construct it for usâ€
Reacting to the threats, the Municipal Chief Executive of Korle Klottey, Samuel Nii Adjei Tawiah, appealed to the traders to exercise some restraint.
He said the market is situated in a flood prone area and some major works have to be done on the drains before construction of the market could start.
This he said is in the best interest of the traders and must cooperate with the assembly.
â€œIf we say we are going to build the market and demolish then the design has to be done in a way that will be beneficial to all. We canâ€™t just come and put brick and mortar there. Designs has to be done, it has to meet safety standards.â€
â€œThe law only gives the right of setting up markets to the assemblies. I know they are pressed or they are under pressure but they have to understand that the sort of market that will give them the safety that they are seeking is not something that they can just put blocks on the ground and then say that youâ€™ve built the market, so we will appeal to them to exercise patience, Mr. Tawiah added.