The allocation of stalls to traders at the newly constructed Kotokuraba Market continues to breed controversies as traders are furious about the manner in which the whole allocation process is being done.
During the Commissioning of the Market on Tuesday 29th November, 2016, the then President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama promised traders that there would be no form of favoritism in allocating shops to traders at the new market.
He explained the initial traders in the old market who were ejected before the construction would have shops allocated them first before other interested traders would be considered but that seems not the case.
According to traders who spoke to ATL FM’s Aba Aikins, getting access to the shops continue to prove difficult.
They claim with their ejection from the street in front of the market where they ply their trade, they have virtually been rendered jobless.
One trader said, “Some of the traders who have keys to the shops inside the new building were not originally in the old market and with the constant pressure the assembly is giving us to leave the streets, we are stranded without knowing where to sell”.
They added that, the old market housed about 500 shops but the new market has shops less than that number. They are now worried about who would or would not be granted access to the place considering the fall in number.
On a visit to the Kotokuraba Market on Thursday morning, City Guards were seen preventing traders who normally sit around the new building from transacting business there to ease vehicular and human traffic.
Traders prevented from sitting around new building
In an interview with the Head of Shoe traders of the Kotokuraba Market, Kwesi Nkrumah, he explained that, the new market should have had more rooms with locks instead of the stalls. He added that these stalls are of more use to traders of perishable goods than non-perishable goods. He therefore pleaded with the assembly to help them secure an appropriate place to do business.
The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly [CCMA] refused to comment on the development citing an order that forbids the assembly to respond to any issue related to the allocation of the market.
Source: Aba Aikins / ATL FM NEWS