The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has issued a two-week ultimatum to all traders and persons engaged in any form of activity on the streets around the Tuesday Market in Accra, to vacate or be forced out in order to restore the market's vibrancy.
Chief Executive of the AMA, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, gave the ultimatum on Tuesday when he took his market engagement activities to the Tuesday Market to interact with traders.
The Tuesday market was established during the colonial era to serve residents of Chorkor, Mamprobi, Korle Gonno, and its environs. During its initial stages, traders with food items from rural areas arrived at the market with their goods on Saturdays and trading started on Mondays, peaking on Tuesdays, hence the name Tuesday Market.
The Mayor noted that the intended decongestion exercise was to pave way for a sustained sanitation drive within the area as well as identify abandoned sheds for reallocation.
Mayor Sowah also announced that new sheds would be constructed for traders who travel from villages to trade in the market adding that the Assembly would also provide security guards and enough lights in the market to enhance security.
The Market Queen, Madam Naomi Quaye, bemoaned the operations of some traders as detrimental to the course of the entire market and admonished them to come back into their sheds or face the consequences as pronounced by the Mayor.
"Portions of the street meant for trucks to load or offload their goods, as well as for human and vehicular movement, have been taken over by traders who seem to find the street more attractive and profitable than the stalls but that is killing the market," she said.