The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah on Friday paid a working visit to the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra in the company of the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, to observe business activities during the festive season.
The two who were accompanied by officials from both institutions toured areas including Station Road, Kimberly Avenue, Granville Avenue, Commercial Street (or Drug Lane), Clement Papafio Street all located in Okaishie interacting with some shop owners, traders, hawkers as well as holiday shoppers.
Mr Jonathan B. Lamptey, CEO of Joe Baze Company Ltd, suppliers of Rice Sugar and Flour in Accra expressed concerns over the shortage of locally produced rice on the market and appealed to government to support farmers in order to meet the demand.
Some of the traders who had displayed their wares explained that business had been good due to the closure of the streets for trading activities and that they wanted to take advantage of late buyers who normally prefer shopping after Christmas and Boxing day.
They thanked the Mayor of Accra and the Minister for the decision to close some streets in the city for trading activities and assured that they would leave the areas immediately after the season was over.
"Prior to us coming here we met with the AMA boss and so we understand the rules and appreciate the opportunity. So far so good we have made some good sales and we thank God for that, " Madam Adiewaa said.
While some hawkers danced to music from nearby speakers, others walked briskly, trying to court customers with human traffic still on the high side, although not to the levels seen on the eve of Christmas.