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Traders oppose efforts to remove them from Accra’s streets

Traders oppose efforts to remove them from Accra’s streets

Traders in Accra’s Central Business District say they will fight attempts to move them off walkways as part of plans to decongest the city.

The traders told Citi News that the government should build new markets or expand existing ones to prevent them from doing business on the streets.

“We don’t have anywhere to go.” The markets are saturated, and there is nowhere to trade. We took out loans to get into this business, so they should let us sell here.”

“Even if soldiers arrive, they can only kill us because we have no other choice,” one of the traders explained.

The government announced plans to begin a massive decongestion of Accra’s main streets on February 1, 2022.

According to the government, the grace period granted to traders to conduct their businesses along the streets of the capital during the festive season has expired, necessitating their return to their respective markets.

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In an interaction with various trade unions in Accra ahead of the launch of the Operation Clean Your Frontage program, Greater Accra Regional Minister Henry Quartey also warned transport operators who park indiscriminately on the streets and people who ply their trade along the streets to refrain from doing so.

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