The Cape Coast Metro Assembly CCMA is yet to carry out its enforcement order of clearing hawkers from the Central Business District area in order to increase patronage at the new Kotokuraba Market.
Majority of the traders who have secured allocations in the new market have refused to move in with an excuse that business is very slow there. Some of the traders prefer the pavements where business is comparatively more brisk.
The CCMA identifies activities of hawkers as the cause of congestion, unsanitary practices, and loss of revenue.
New Kotokuraba Market
The resolve to clear hawkers off the streets featured prominently in a recent report by the Cape Coast Metro Chief Executive Ernest Arthur at the second ordinary meeting of the second session of the seventh CCMA held this month.
The Cape Coast Metro Assembly has placed an advertisement in the Ghanaian Times Newspaper inviting service providers and companies to submit proposals for the management of the Kotokuraba market.
Cape Coast Metro Chief Executive Ernest Arthur
Delivering his report to the house at the second ordinary meeting, the Metro Chief Executive, Ernest Arthur identified sanitation management, management of lorry parks and the general management of the market as areas the assembly intends to give on contract.
Proposals will be opened on October 24 this month for prospective customers to submit their proposals. Efforts by the assembly to move hawkers and other business activities from the streets into the new market after its commissioning have been unsuccessful.
The MCE says the CCMA is losing revenue as a result and encourages the assembly to take concrete steps to get hawkers in the business district into the new market.
In a recent interview with ATL FM News the immediate past Public Relations Officer for CCMA, Gafaru Seidu explained that the Assembly will first identify a place for the hawkers before embarking on any action to clear them.
In a related development the Assembly seeks to put the Thursday Market to shape and use by traders.
Source: ATL FM News