Following a recent accident at the Ashaiman traffic light which took the life of one and left others traders injured, the Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Council has in a statement announced a new step to prevent such occurrence from happening in the region.
Signed by the Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, the statement directs with immediate effect, that no trading or hawking activities be allowed in and around roundabouts, footbridges, and road intersections in the Ashanti Region.
It directs that all traders and hawkers relocate to rnarkets within the region or find themselves to blame for any consequences.
“No trader or hawker will be allowed to operate at the areas indicated above. All traders and hawkers are to relocate to markets within the region. Anyone who flouts this directive will have him/herself to blame for the consequences,” it adds.
Pedestrians have had to deal with unfavourable conditions in the city following traders take over of various footbridges, roundabouts and road intersections in the Ashanti Region.
Traders have turned these joints into mini markets where different items are sold to members of the general public.
Some of the daring hawkers have even mounted wooden structures on the footbridge to market their wares on a daily basis.
According to the Ashanti Regional coordinating Council, the development is of grave concern and hopes the measures being taken will help curb chaotic scenes, reduce piles of refuse and avoid endangering the lives of the traders, hawkers and the general public.