Nkrumah ‘Circle’ traders form Assoc.

The executives in a pose Photo Seth OsabukleIn a bid to ensure the safety of businesses, customers and traders from the activities of miscreants in and around the Kwame Nkrumah interchange enclave, traders at the venue have formed an association.
The group, known as the Circle Youth Traders Association (CYTA), is  also to  combat the  activities  of  criminals  with the help of the  Ghana Police  Service  to make  the area  safe for the  transaction of business.
The  association, which is made up of  about  800  members out of more than  3,000 traders at the enclave comprises of  owners and  traders  of  mobile   phones and its  accessories, shirts,  food  vendors and small scale  businesses.
During the launch of the  association on  Saturday, the  Vice  Chairman of  CYTA,  Mr. Johnson  Akey,  said  though Circle  is one of the  busiest  business  centres in Accra, it is also  considered a place for criminal  activities.
He  said  the  area had also been  tagged  as  a  flash point  by the security  agencies, making the venue unsafe  for  business.
Mr.  Akey said most of the traders at the enclave ply their trade genuinely without any blemish and urged Ghanaians who wished to trade with them to do so freely without fear.
He pledged that the association would work with the police to flush out bad nuts in the group to make the enclave safe for business.
The Nima District commander, Superintendent Francis Nchor, expressed worry that some criminals have found Circle a fertile ground to ply their criminal activities.
He said the police administration would work hand-in-hand with CYTA to ensure law and order, and to curb criminal activities at the interchange.
Sup. Nichor said that some members of the association have been selected to work with the police to combat crime in the area.
The Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso Central constituency, Mr. Henry Quartey, said it was time for the country to consider assembling mobile phones, to reduce the importation of phones into the country.
He urged the executives of CYTA to dialogue with the Ministry of Trade and Industry towards tax reduction.
Mr Quartey urged the traders to form a neighbourhood watch committee to check criminal activities at that interchange and asked the police to set up a police post at the place.
He pledged to support 80 small scale traders with GH¢40,000 to boost their businesses.


By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu

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