The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has called on the general public, especially hawkers who have encroached on pavements, footbridges and other open spaces, to leave these places with immediate effect as it will be conducting a decongestion exercise to rid the metropolis of their activities.
“We wish to bring to the fore that their activities are contributory to the heaps of garbage sited along the roads and additionally they also place themselves in harm’s way as vehicle can accidentally crash into them as has been witnessed many times before.
A statement signed and issued by the Metro-Coordination, Director for the Metro Chief Executive, AMA, Sam Aye-Dartey, further reminded offenders that their activities are contrary to the AMA hawkers bye-laws of 2011 and section 117 (1) of the Road Traffic Regulation, 2012 (LI 2180) and are punishable by law.
“Furthermore, the AMA wishes to remind all property owners within its jurisdiction of the Premises Maintenance bye-law 1995, which directs property owners or occupiers of the need to “white wash,” paint or put the premises in a state of cleanliness,” it added.
The exercise, the statement noted, will be done in phases with the active collaboration of the Ghana Police Service.
The focus areas, according to the AMA for the decongestion exercise, are the Central Business District (CBD), Kaneshie Market Area, N1 highway (The Mallam- Achimota Stretch), Darkuman, Kokompe, Odorkor, Kwashieman Road, Nima highway, Agbogbloshie, Kwame Nkrumah Interchange and its environs.
“AMA wishes to inform all those who are plying their trading along the Barnes road and the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue from Old Kingsway to N.I.B to vacate those areas with immediate effect while all others are being reminded to go behind the “Red Line” as it was before.
Story: Kofi Owusu Tawiah