Traders in the main Ashiaman market threatened to demonstrate against the Ashiaman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) because of the poor condition of the market.
The traders, who were visibly dissatisfied with the state of Ashaiman’s main market, therefore issued a week-long ultimatum to the assembly to either fix the problem or deal with their anger.
When the Ghanaian news agency visited the market Friday, all the ground that was not paved was muddy, which made it difficult for buyers to visit the sheds to buy as they had waded through the mud, falling and bumping into each other too trying so hard not to push the displayed goods on the bare ground.
Ms. Magaret Asentewaa, a palm nut seller, told the GNA that the Assembly neglected their needs even though it collected daily withdrawals of 50 Ghanaian Pesewa from each trader.
Ms Asantewaa added that the numerous reports made to ASHMA officials had not yielded any positive results and that the only way to force the authorities to act was to launch a demonstration to express their discontent adding that “we will make sure to whether it is a nude demo ”.
She said the market was still muddy even when it hadn’t rained due to a leak from a water pipeline.
Ms Leticia Ayabah, the queen mother of Ashiaman market, for her part revealed that the poor condition of the market affected their sales as buyers felt reluctant to enter the market to buy and preferred to buy by the roadside.
Ms Ayabah said the situation associated with the daily increase in commodity prices greatly affects their business, hence their inability to meet their family obligations.
Some traders also called on the assembly to evict roadside sellers to ensure that buyers enter the market to buy “regardless of market conditions”.
Mr. Braima Bukari Abdulai, member president of ASHMA, reacting to the concerns of the traders, begged them to show patience because according to him, the Assembly was taking measures to address their concerns.
Mr. Abdulai announced that the Assembly would soon engage in a massive decongestion exercise on the main market to clear the meager and ensure the free movement of people and goods.