Kejetia Market is considered the largest open-air market in West Africa, locates in the city of Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti being the heart of traders in Kumasi. Lately the market has becomes on the lips of the traders due to challenges they are confronted with right after the rains started falling.
Yesterday, the market men and women converge in thousands inside the building, demonstrated against the management of the market over issues they think are beyond their control and if care isn't taking, they will soon lose their respective capital and therefore calling on the general public to sympathize with them.
Among the issues raised includes;
Anytime it rains, most of their items get destroyed and nobody is ready to listen to them. They were promised to be given compensation based on their insurance packages but nothing has been done.
Large market like Kejetia does not have any centralized PH system to enable disburse information to the traders in case of any emergency, which was part of the project the contractor was supposed to work on.
Food vendors and various restaurant operators aren't allowed to bring in gas cylinders to the market but will restore to a centralized gas tank installed in the market to supply both first and second occupants. According to them, the gas in the reservoir has never flow to the various kitchens to enable them cook.
High electricity tariffs are killing them, can you imagine Kejetia new building with 7210 lockable stores have only one ECG meter. Strangely their light bills are share base on square meter area instead of points system, their January bill only was over Ghc 400,000. Water bill is nothing good to talk about.
What made them to have gone wild is a contract signed without their knowledge which they suffer the outcome. They find it difficult to understand why those who sweep had different contract from those who collect the rubbish.They are of the view that, is an unlawful way of stuffing cash from the traders.
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