As local authorities face fresh challenges removing hawkers and traders from roads leading to the newly redeveloped Kejetia Market, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, has said a ‘street market’ system could be considered, sooner or later.
The street market, as done in Liverpool, in the United Kingdom, could be implemented in a particular day of the week while halting vehicular movement to Kumasi’s main trading hub, Kejetia, the Minister said in an interview on local radio.
It is seen that this could further boost trading activities while opening up other avenues for added economic gains.
Local authorities, on the other hand, could also explore the opportunity to levy traders to maintain sanitation around the trading areas while contributing to local coffers.
This comes as affected traders react with mixed feelings to the directive to cease trading and hawking activities on roads and routes leading to the Kejetia Market, which takes effect today, February 11, 2019.
The Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (ARCC) together with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), gave the directive for traders and hawkers operating on roads leading to the redeveloped Kejetia Market to vacate to other satellite markets in the City.
This was to pave way for the roads which were initially closed to vehicular traffic to be reopened. It was to pave way for their rehabilitation, which was a key component of the Project.
The roads around were closed to traffic in the latter part of 2017. It includes; Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to Pampaso, Kejetia to Dr. Mensah, Kejetia to Suame Roundabout, Central market Roads among others.
Prior to the enforcement of the directive today, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) had embarked on public education and sensitization of the affected traders and others.
The Metropolitan Security Council (METSEC), made up of the various Security Services also visited the Central Business District (CBD) 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.