Chairman for the Kumasi P. Z. Petty Traders Association, Mr Mark Obeng has suggested to the government to as a matter of national interest, turn the outfit of the Kumasi branch of the Zoological Gardens (Kumasi Zoo) under the Forestry Commission into market stalls to not only help traders to be relocated there to avoid city congestion, but also to serve as a source of revenue mobilisation to support government in its developmental agenda.
Mr. Mark Obeng made the suggestion in an interview with the Opera News content writer, King Amoah today, over what he described Kumasi as a 'choked and overpopulated zone' in terms of trading activities.
Obeng who also doubles as the Organiser and co-founder of Asanteman Nkosuo Group in Kumasi indicated that the rate in which congestion is going on in the city is creating a lot of disquiet to ensure free movement.
He linked the situation to flouting traders and drivers who have no permanent place to operate.
According to the chairman who claims to be a concerned citizen and trader by profession, he said he decided to address the issue for the benefit of not Kumasi residents alone, but also the entire Ghanaians in general.
Mark Obeng reiterated that following his research in Kumasi, he realized that if the Kumasi Zoo is relocated to the Owabi Dam at Barrekese in the Atwima Nwabiagya North District of Ashanti Region, and turned the Zoo into market structure would help normalize issues in the city.
In his estimation, Obeng noted that the Zoo can occupy about 3000 traders and drivers when it is turned into market, adding that if a in rough estimate, a trader and driver is levied ghc2 and ghc5 respectively daily, it would earn government a significant amount of ghc450 billion monthly.
This monthly profit margin can be excluded in accounts books if 45 workers are employed at the market and paid monthly salaries of ghc1000 each for a worker, the trader insisted.
Mark Obeng told the correspondent that the figure can accumulate up to over ghc18 billion in a period of six months, which could make government to use it to tackle other viable venture in the country.
Chairman Obeng was hopeful that if his humble suggestion is taken into consideration by the government and implement it, would go a long way to win public trust, aside employees and traders who would commend government for the move.
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