The onion traders at the Agbogbloshie market has been given 7 weeks ultimatum to relocate to a new market at Adjen Kotoku, in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey who said this in a meeting with the Onion Sellers Association, on Thursday at the City Hall explained that the land belongs to the National Youth Authority who intends to develop it.
He noted that all traders trading on the land were expected to vacate by July 1, 2021, cautioning that there would be no negotiations after the deadline.
He pointed out that a new market was established at Adjen Kotoku for the traders over a decade ago in a bid to decongest the central business district but had refused to relocate hence the 7-week ultimatum.
"We are aware that about 20 years ago, Adjen Kotoku was discovered. A parcel of land was bought by the government for them to build stores, a hospital, police post, fire post and even a school but the traders had refused to relocate, " he said
"Today they have admitted that over the last 20 years, they have refused to move to the extent that people have encroached on the parcel of land that government acquired for them," he added.
He noted that a committee would be put together to facilitate the process of the movement and that traders would be supported to relocate to the new site.
Hon Henry Quartey assured that his outfit would liaise with the Chiefs of Adjen Kotoku to lobby for additional land for the traders.
The Onion sellers Association representative expressed his appreciation to the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Accra Metropolitan Assembly ( AMA) and Ablekuma Central Municipal Assembly and assured them of their cooperation to relocate to Adjen Kotoku.
Present at the meeting were Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ablekuma Central, Mariama Amiu and representatives from the National Youth Authority.