AMA stops trading along walkways

Some of the traders moved back from the pavement

Some of the traders moved back from the pavement

COMMERCIAL activities have been taken off the pedestrian walkways in the Central Business District of the Accra Metropolis following the adequate measures put in place by the Assembly to decongest the capital.

The exercise is aimed at easing traffic and restoring restore sanity to the areas which erstwhile was characterised by congestion.

Areas decongested include, Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Okaishie, Makola and Kantamanto.

The Assembly had made some zonal markings to prevent traders from selling beyond those red lines.

Addressing a section of journalists during an inspection of the area yesterday, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, said the Assembly had decongest the business areas in the Metropolis to protect lives and properties.

According to him, the challenges of decongestion in the past had given them some lessons to help sustain the current exercise.

He said the Assembly would constantly collaborate with the Police and the military to patrol the area to ensure traders adhere to the new measures.

He added that as part of measures to restrain the Assembly’s task force from resorting to taking bribes as they had re-oriented and cautioned them from engaging in such illegalities.

Mr. Vanderpuije said to give credence to the Assembly’s new position, about nine members of the task force who were reported to have been compromising on their responsibilities, had been sacked.

He added that in the ensuing week, the Assembly would extend its operation to Abossey Okai, Kaneshie, Abeka Lapaz and Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

Some traders, pedestrians and motorists who spoke to The Ghanaian Times, expressed their excitement at the new development and urged the city authorities not to renege on their current hardwork.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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