The Chief Executive of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Abdul Issah Mumin, has announced the closure of the Takoradi Market Circle to all commercial activities from Monday, May 3, 2021.
This according to the Mayor will enable the assembly hand over the market to the contractor for the construction of the redevelopment works to begin.
Mr. Mumin said the assembly has up to Monday, May 10, 2021 to finally hand over Takoradi Market to the contractor for the commencement of the construction works.
“We have up to Monday, May 10 to hand over the market to the contractors to commence the construction of the new market. And therefore, we have declared that from Monday, May 3, there would be no trading activity in the market. The peripheries are all included. So that the traders can remove their items gradually to the new site allocated for them. So that we will be able to hand over the market to the contractors as we have told them,” the MCE indicated.
The 90-year-old Takoradi Market is being redeveloped.
Relocation of traders at the market is far advanced as the place being prepared for them is about 90 percent complete.
However, the Assembly has missed several deadlines set for the relocation of the traders to the new site to enable it begin works for the construction of the redevelopment works of the Takoradi Market Circle.
This was because work at the new site which is at Port quarters close to the Takoradi Ahenfie Hotel was not completed thus the delay and the postponement of the dates.
Mr. Mumin at a meeting with the market queens to update them on the progress of work at the new site, said the place id ready and that the assembly would not want to miss the new handing over deadline to the contractors again because it is incurring a lot of cost to the government and the contractors as well as their equipment continue to lie idle.
However, the announcement of the Mayor has caused a lot of dissatisfaction among the market queens and traders, saying unless proper this is done to ensure all traders are given a place to trade, they would not agree with the May 3, deadline date.
Meanwhile the assembly will on Monday deploy Police and Military to the Market Circle to ensure that the traders comply with the directives.
“The military and the police presence are not meant to intimidate the traders but to make sure that everything goes as planned. They are not to intimidate anyone but to ensure that their wares are not stolen in the cause of the relocation,” Mr. Mumin stressed.
The construction of the redevelopment of the Takoradi Market Circle is expected to be completed within thirty months.
The new Takoradi market when completed would have 2,408 stores; 33 restaurants and food courts, bulk breaking areas, visitors parking, union offices, police station, fire station, post office, clinic, administrative offices, waste separation dock, and changing rooms for staff.
Source: Ghananest.com|Matthew Dadzie