From Alfred Adams
The central business district of Takoradi is not only choked as a result of a wasteful decongestion exercise embarked upon by the management of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) headed by Anthony K. K. Sam, but it is also stinking.
Refuse containers sited close to the central business district where market women undertake their business are hardly emptied. These containers, which are sited close to where yam sellers are seated are left unattended for days before being emptied.
This has resulted in a stench permeating the place stinking and is likely to culminate in a cholera outbreak in the near future. Just yesterday, when the Western File visited the place, the stench emanating from the refuse containers was very unaccommodating for an apology of a city that prides itself with ‘the best comes from the West.’
It would be recalled that the STMA expended a whooping sum of GH¢72,000 out of GH¢200,000 it had budgeted on decongesting the central business district with the view of doing away with the hawkers and traders who are illegitimately plying their trade there.
But weeks after the STMA expended the taxpayers’ money on the exercise, the market is now more choked and stinking than ever before. The pavements have been taken over by the recalcitrant traders and hawkers, who are openly displaying and selling their wares.
This development has raised questions about the rationale behind the decongestion exercise. From the view of A.A. Mensah, kenkey sellers have succeeded in taking over the pavements, not to talk of passage for vehicular movement.
The roads have been blocked by fish and other sellers, making it extremely difficult for vehicular movement. Journalists have been complaining of the development, but it is clear the STMA cares less.