Brisk business around the Nkrumah Circle, especially the Vodafone and Ghana Commercial Bank areas, has drastically reduced following the inauguration of the Akasanoma Flyover last week by President John Dramani Mahama.
The reason is that, the daily heavy traffic, which built around the area prior to the inauguration had eased and flowing smoothly, making it difficult for passengers on board vehicles to buy items from street hawkers.
Prior to the opening of the flyover to traffic hawkers took advantage of the traffic jam to sell items such as phone cards, sachet water, yoghurt, newspapers, meat pie, mobile phones and accessories among others.
According to some hawkers, most of their colleagues had relocated to other areas of the city since the prevailing situation at Circle was affecting them and their businesses.
Ms Jamila Awal, who sells “nkati-cake,” (groundnut cake) said she was very happy about the opening of the new flyover as it has reduced the level of dust and most so enabled vehicles to move at a good pace. She, however, said there had been a seriously drop in her sales.
“Formerly I used to sell GH¢100 worth of items before 2:00 in the afternoon each day but now I bring items only worth GH¢ 50 and I’m not able to even sell them out before evening. Now I have to go to Accra everyday to sell the rest after trying my luck here,” she said
Mr. Clement Quansah who sells yoghurt was unhappy about the situation so he had to relocate elsewhere to meet his daily sales target.
“I used to sell in front of the Vodafone office because the traffic there was always huge. But now you can see that there is no traffic so I have to move around. Sometimes, I move to the Maame Dokono Park and move from car to car at the station,” he said.
Madam Mamunah, an Adinkra pastries hawker, lamented the impact of the situation on her sales, saying that if she was not able to meet the target of her employer, she might end up with a meagre salary at the end of the month.
Meanwhile, drivers were very happy about the situation and to them it was just an era of business.
Some drivers at the Suhum-Nsawam Station at the Nkrumah Circle told The Ghanaian Times that there was no more traffic as was the case before the inauguration of the flyover.
They said the heavy traffic caused their cars to develop faults ranging from worn-out engines to high fuel consumption, and was happy that their business was booming as most passengers now flocked the station to board vehicles.
Mr. Martey, a driver at the station said, “When there was traffic, most of the drivers stopped to convey passengers along the road resulting in low patronage of vehicles at our station. But now, our passengers are returning.”
He said the pick-pockets who used the traffic situation as an opportunity to rob people now had no such chance to operate.
By Selorm Helen Wohoyie