Offinso-Abofour: Traders Demonstrate Against Relocation

Scores of traders at Abofour market in the Offinso Municipality of the Ashanti Region have taken to the streets to protest a move by the Municipal Assembly to relocate them.

Business in the busy town came to a standstill as the traders demonstrated and vowed not to move to a new market facility which they say is uncompleted.

The traders complained that the over twenty-year-old structure lacks some basic facilities.

“This structure is inadequate and inappropriate for occupation. We will be unsafe if we do business here. As you can see the market is not fenced. I will prefer doing business at Nkenkenso than to do business here”, a visibly unhappy trader fumed.

Another trader stated: “The building lacks various amenities. Robbers will be terrorizing us if we use this facility. The market has been overtaken by weeds and the market is located at a hilly area which makes it difficult to assess the road. We want the government to complete it before we move in”.

Meanwhile, authorities say the relocation is to end trade along the road which exposes people to danger.

“As we speak the traders are aware that the assembly has employed a team to police their goods. We are also seeking funding to completing the structure. We need to move them into the structure so that all these facilities will be done since the structure is close to completion”, Joe Duffour Junior, an official of the Information Department at the Assembly stated.

He pleaded with the aggrieved traders to comply with the directive.


Source: Ghana/ Ofori