Hawking situation worsens on Circle pedestrian footbridge

Naa Betty Mingle & Erica Kwapong

Some hawkers displaying thier items on the overpass

Despite unaccountably repeated warnings by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) on the selling of items at certain places in the city of Accra, some traders have taken their activities a step further, and are now doing business on the newly-built pedestrian footbridge at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, which situation is even getting worse.

The Accra File has noticed that these hawkers have completely taken over the bridge, which was constructed mainly for pedestrians to use in crossing the road.

Most of these traders have left their allocated spaces and stalls at the Pedestrian Shopping Mall at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, and do business on the footbridge, especially in the evenings.

Despite the congestion and nuisance they cause to pedestrians using the bridge, these traders display their wares on the floor of the bridge, and are seated nearby, thereby taking up space meant for users of the bridge, making it very uncomfortable for pedestrians.

Some told the File that because Christmas was near, they had to do more business to earn some extra money to enjoy the yuletide.

The AMA taskforce should intervene, since this situation is becoming more serious.

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