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Traders at Kumasi Central Market warn of occupying unfinished market avenue

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Traders at Kumasi Central Market have threatened to relocate their goods to the uncompleted market site if the construction firm does not remove all barricades by Sunday, May 19, 2024.

Their action is a response to what they perceive as prolonged delays in completing the market’s second phase.

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In a petition dated Tuesday, May 14, 2024, the traders expressed frustration with the Akufo-Addo-led government, citing negligence and failure to complete the project. They claim this has adversely affected their businesses due to unsuitable conditions.

The project has been stalled for over a year and a half due to renegotiations of a loan agreement following Ghana’s decision to seek a financial bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Accusing the government of ignoring their pleas and failing to meet completion targets, the traders plan a five-day continuous demonstration to push for the project’s resumption.

They have issued Contracta Construction Company Limited a seven-day ultimatum to remove all barricades around the site or face the consequences of their occupation.

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Furthermore, the traders are in discussions with the Ghana Police Service to secure permission for their demonstration, as stipulated in Article 21(1d) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.

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