The Ashanti Regional Minister and Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC), Simon Osei Mensah, has served notice for all forms of hawking and trading activities on roads around the redeveloped Kejetia Market to cease prior to official opening of the roads to traffic.
As part of this development, traders and hawkers operating in these areas have been directed to move to any of the 34 satellite markets dotted across the Kumasi Metropolis.
Roads around the Kejetia Market Redevelopment Project were closed to traffic in the latter part of 2017 to pave the way for their rehabilitation, which was a key component of the project.
The roads which were closed included: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to Pampaso, Kejetia to Dr. Mensah, Kejetia to Suame Roundabout, and the Central Market roads.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, who was speaking at a press briefing, observed that the roads will be opened strictly to only traffic and not traders.
He however noted that opening the roads is not an official opening of the Kejetia Project.
Per this latest directive, no trader or hawker will henceforth be allowed to trade on the pavements and streets or any open space around the project.
Prior to this, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) embarked on public education and sensitisation for the affected traders.
The Metropolitan Security Council (METSEC), made up of the various Security Services, also visited the central business district to observe the situation on the ground as well as inform and educate the traders on the need to relocate to the various satellite markets.
Again, the Transport Department and the Transport Sub-committee of the assembly met the leadership of various transport unions to sensitise them on measures being put in place for a successful opening of the roads in order to reduce traffic in the city, most especially in the central business district.
The opening of various access points and roads around the project is scheduled for February 11, 2019.