Source: PRO- KMA  |  Date Published: Mon Nov 20 21:36:01 UTC 2017

  • Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi addressing the transport operators Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi addressing the transport operators
Transport operators   and traders at the Central Business District of Adum and Kejetia are to be relocated to Race Course to ease congestion in the Central Business District. The relocation has become necessary to pave way for the contractors working on the 1st phase of the Kejetia Redevelopment Project to have access to the artillery roads around the project and upgrade them as part of the contract.     

Traders and transport operators that will be affected by the relocation exercise are those at Adum, Dr. Mensah, Kejetia, Pampaso, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Roundabout and Suame Roundabout. The exercise which will commence on Monday, 6 November will see the traders and commercial transport operator’s move to the rehabilitated Race Course Market and Abinkyi Market.
Addressing the stakeholders Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi , the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) said , the exercise is to ease the Central Business District and also pave way for the contractors working on the Kejetia Redevelopment Project have access to the artillery roads and rehabilitate them. “The contractors have written to us they need access to the roads around the project and upgrade them to be able to complete the 1st Phase of the project within the next six months so this is the time we have to relocate the traders and drivers to Race Course and Abinkyi".              
The relocation exercise was also geared towards beautifying the city ahead of the  final funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem which starts on December 1.  ”A number of people from the country and foreign dignitaries will be present for the funeral of the late Queen mother and we have to get the city clean and decongested for the funeral, the MCE said.                                                    
 The MCE in an effort to have a smooth exercise has been meeting traders and drivers who will be affected by the relocation. At a meeting with all the 24 registered Transport Unions in Kumasi, Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi asked for their support in making the exercise successful. He was emphatic that there will be no discrimination in the relocation exercise and it will be sustained to ensure no driver or traders plies their trade or business within the designated area.

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Ghana PrivateRoad Transport Union, GPRTU, Nana Nimako Bresiamah welcomed the relocationexercise. He however sounded a word of caution to the authorities of theAssembly to desist from relocating some drivers and leaving others in the CBD. “Asdrivers we are ready to move to any location authorities will allocate to us.What we don't want is that some will be relocated while others will be left topick passengers from where we have been evicted. “we don't want anydiscrimination in this exercise" The Asantehene's Sumankwaahene, BaffourAsabre Kogyawoasu added his voice for support for the relocation exercise. 'Manhyia lends its support for this exercise and we will back the KMA to have adecongested city. The roads needs to be improved to prolong your vehicles andalso reduce travel time so you should all relocate to Race Course and Abinkyi.Baffour Asabre Kogyawoasu  Ababio alsoasked drivers to be disciplined and place litter bins in their vehicles toprevent passengers from throwing waste out of the vehicles.

Also present at the meeting was the Mawurehene BaffourHyiaman Brentuo.

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