By Bernie Bessey
Traders at the Anyaa Market have expressed worry over the dilapidated state of the market, which has resulted loss of revenue, because the market lacks the basic facilities which would attract buyers and sellers in the municipality.
According to the traders, the market, after its establishment in 1996, has not received any renovations or maintenance, although it is the only market serving the community, and its surroundings.
The leader of the Market Traders Association, Ms. Lawrencia Decarde Nelson, told the Accra File that their wares were been stolen, due to the lack of security and a fence wall.
She added that the market also lacks appropriate structures such as stalls, gutters, potable drinking water and a clinic, and blamed the management for the deplorable state, and imposing unnecessary tolls on them.
She said that the market was not a nice place to patronise whenever it rains, saying, “We built these stall ourselves; as you can see, the ceilings leak whenever it rains. Our wares are destroyed by the rains, and shoppers don’t have a place to run for cover.”
Ms. Nelson added that shoppers and traders in the community and its surroundings were trading and shopping elsewhere, because of insecurity at the market.
When the file contacted the coordinator of the market, Mr. Joseph Alottey, he said plans were far advanced with the Ga South Municipal Assembly to reconstruct the market and give it ultra modern facilities. It is located alongside the main road linking the community to Pokuase.
He said the reconstruction of the market would create employment for the youth in the area, since it would provide avenues for trading for the unemployed youth.
The file contacted the assembly’s Director of Town and Country Planning, Mr. Anthony Mensah, who confirmed the sordid story of the management of the market, that plans were far advanced to develop the market, which was being sponsored by the Africa Development Bank (ADB), although the amount involved was not revealed.
He indicated that the assembly lacked the requisite funds for compensation to the owners of houses to be affected during the reconstruction of the market and road.