The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon Henry Quartey has announced plans to begin a decongestion exercise in the city after the Easter break to allow the free flow of vehicular traffic.
According to the Minister, the exercise which would be carried out by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), as well as its sister assemblies, would be preceded by a two-week intensive public education by the Information Services Department.
The Minister made this known on Thursday when he met market queens and leaders in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) at the Accra City Hall.
"You will all agree with me that increasingly market women and petty traders are beginning to occupy the main streets within the Greater Accra Region. I say so because it cuts across and we are taking steps to decongest the streets to allow free flow of vehicles and traffic...Today we have engaged with the queen mothers. We have made a passionate appeal to them so they will join me, the government and the assemblies in carrying out this exercise...There is no intention to undertake this exercise in a Rambo style or bring hardship to our market women or traders. It is only an appeal to them to move off the streets so they can carry on with their businesses and trading in the designated market places," he said.
The Minister who was in the company of the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah warned that traders who fail to comply with the directive would be dealt with per the bye-laws of the various assemblies.
He also admonished the market queens to buy into his vision and support the various MMDAs to bring development and ensure that the phenomenon of a threat of no vote during election after decongestion becomes a thing of the past.
He also announced plans for the commencement of an initiative dubbed "Operation Clean your Frontage” immediately after the Easter break as part of efforts to keep the city clean.
The Minister touched on a proposal for the institutionalisation of a clean day to commemorate the June 3rd disaster and was hopeful that the event would help in honouring victims of the disaster.
He also appealed to the media to support his agenda to Make Accra Work by educating the public.
"The media plays a key role in this exercise. We will be very grateful if you continue to partner with us... It shouldn't be just reporting but as part of your corporate social responsibility, we call on you the media to educate the public. It is a collective agenda; this is not for Henry Quartey or the assembly but Mother Ghana. It is for Accra," he said.
The Mayor of Accra in a brief remark stressed the need for the market queen to support the Regional Minister's agenda to "Make Accra Work".
The President of the Greater Accra Market Women Association, Mercy Needjan assured the Minister of the association's support in all his endeavours adding that most traders on the street have spaces in the markets.