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Odawna traders call for reconstruction of their market

By Sedinam Holornu

Accra, Feb.1- The odawna market traders at Kwame Nkrumah circle in Accra have urged the government to reconstruct a new marketplace for them. It has been a year since fire ravaged their market.

According to the traders, they are left with no other option than to sell on pavements.
Meanwhile, operation clean your frontage initiative by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Henry Quartey demands eviction of the traders from the pavements to avoid human and vehicular traffic.

Speaking to the media today, the chairperson of the pedestrian Traders Association, Veronica Boakye said they have been given a week to vacate the pavement.
“We pleaded for more time but the minister has asked us to move so we are left with no choice than to comply”
She added that though the government paid compensation to some affected traders, it is not enough to get them back on their feet.
“Most of us are home due to the fact that we do not have space to trade; all we are asking for is for government to reconstruct our market for us”

Meanwhile, the Municipal Chief Executive for korle klottey, Samuel Nii Tawiah assured the traders of immediate action.
He said that the location of the market is prone to flooding when it rains so they want to construct a storm drain before reconstructing the market to avoid perennial flooding in the area.
He pleaded with the traders to exercise patience as they work to address the issues.

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