A call has been made to aggrieved traders at the Awutu Bawjiase Market in the Awutu Senya West District of the Central Region to cease fire.
The call was premised on the grounds that the assembly was putting in place steps to renovate the market which was in a deplorable state to make the market a place of convenience for the traders.
According to the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Awutu Senya West District Assembly, Mr Stephen Kwame Quaye, the Assembly was aware of the deplorable nature of the market, and assured that plans were underway to give the market a proper facelift.
But, he was quick to state that the delay to fix the problem was as a result of lack of funds, saying that he inherited a huge debt from the former DCE of the area under former President John Dramani Mahama.
He pointed out that it was not the intention of the Assembly to fail to renovate the market, saying that the uncompleted renovation project at the market by the contractor was abrogated by former President John Dramani Mahama’s government prior to the 2016 general election due to the lack of funds to execute the project.
Speaking in an interview with Today yesterday via phone to set the record straight on the Awutu Bujiase market project, Mr. Quaye asserted that when he assumed office, the Assembly conducted an audit of the uncompleted project and realised that there was the need to complete it in order to safeguard the bad situation of the market.
He disclosed to Today that the Assembly will publish a competitive public tendering notice in July this year, to allow for the bidding of the project in order to commerce the work.
He pointed out that in order to safeguard the security of the traders in the market, the Assembly under his leadership has fixed various street lights at vantage places in the market, fixed gates at the entrances and employed security guards to guard the market day-and-night.
The DCE was responding to concerns raised by the traders on the deplorable nature of the market for which they [the traders] had threatened to stop paying market tolls should the authorities fail to renovate the market.
The scores of market women and traders in the Awutu Bawjiase Market had earlier launched verbal attacks on the District Chief Executive of Awutu Senya East District Assembly and Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mr Nenyi George Andah, for failing to redeem their promises to renovate the market.
“We are highly disappointed in our MP and DCE over unfulfilled campaign promises; we have regretted voting for Mr Andah, who doubles as the Deputy Minister of Communications.
“So we shall vote against the MP, come the 2020 election for their failure to fix the Bawjiase Market, The two personalities are only talkatives on radio and TV stations who brag as if they have brought heaven to the area which is never the case,” the aggrieved traders stated.
But in a quick rebuttal, Mr. Quaye, who is passionate about the development in the district, indicated that the assembly will soon begin a process of tackling the Awutu Bujiase market project, including various abandoned projects in the areas of health, education and roads.”
“Very soon we shall continue with the market project, so it is not our intention not to redeem our promises to the traders to renovate the market,” he explained.
He noted that it was the priority of the government through the assembly to ensure that abandoned projects were completed while steps were taken to commence new ones for the benefit of the citizenry.
He said in an attempt to ensure a balanced development across the district, the assembly had initiated steps to complete projects inherited from the previous government since already a lot of money had been invested in such projects.
He, therefore, called on the residents to be calm.
Meanwhile, Weekend Today has gathered that the Assembly has received GH¢ 151,102.24 from its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) with GH¢344,663.37 from the Common Fund for the first quarter.
An amount of GH¢ 373,413.19 was received from the district development fund and GH¢ 29,737.89 from the Disability Fund.
According to information available to Weekend Today, the funds received had been committed to the payment of projects and programmes captured in the district budget for the year.
The sources said the Assembly was able to mobilise only GH¢151,038.47 out of the budgeted amount of GH¢ 700,325.00, representing 21.57 per cent as its IGF as against GH¢145,151.97 at the same period in 2018.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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