Pedestrians Call For Action Against Traders Dominating The Footbridge Of Kaneshie Market

In the bustling activities at the Kaneshie market, pedestrians are determined to reclaim their way from the chaos of crowded traders and address the rising concerns of theft and discomfort on the footbridge.

Years ago, before the footbridge was constructed, numerous fatalities occurred when people attempted to cross the Kaneshie/Odorkor Highway. The need for a footbridge arose from these tragic incidents. Today, the two bridges, once built for safety, has become a hectic and uncomfortable space as a result of the influx of traders who deal in all kinds of wares such as dresses, bags, shoes, cooking utensils and many others. They have occupied both sides of the bridge leaving a very small space in the middle for pedestrians. The traders sell daily thus exert too much pressure and discomfort for the pedestrians and commuters.

The Kaneshie Market footbridge has also become a safe haven for beggars asking for alms from pedestrians and preachers who use megaphones and even pick-pockets.

The Kaneshie Market, being a busy place, amidst traders, pedestrians struggle to walk comfortably on the footbridge which serves as a passage for them.

Pedestrians voiced concerns about frequent theft, beggars and the discomfort caused by crowded traders on the bridge.

“I accidentally collided with a trader’s item and was unfairly held responsible for all damages, even though it wasn’t entirely my fault.” Mr. Nti Ofori Isaac said.

A nurse, Christina Danquah, recounted fallen a victim to robbery in the crowded space on the footbridge, realizing the loss of her phone and money only after leaving the bridge.

She also raised concerns about the bridge posing health risk, mentioning the potential spread of skin diseases due to the close contact in the overcrowded area.

Mr. Asante, a retired police officer, observed a reoccurring issue where traders faced consequences from the police at the bridge, but they returned once the police stopped patrolling.

“The discomfort caused by beggars on the footbridge who touch and request for money, creates unpleasant space. I am already struggling my way through the space and I am held by one of the beggars is very uncomfortable.” Felicia expressed.

Monica Hayford, a resident at Kaneshie, narrated how she witnessed the Accra Metropolitan Assembly seizing items belonging to the traders on the footbridge who have refused to leave.

She also mentioned how some stubborn traders were brutally and forcefully sacked from the bridge with their items being destroyed and scattered all over the place.

The pedestrians are urging the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and other appropriate authorities to take effective actions to get a place for the traders to sell their items for they the pedestrians to also get their comfort and safety while using the bridge.

Yamson Roselyn Efua


Faculty of Journalism


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