Chief Executive Officer of Kobetko Ventures which operates close to the Kumasi Bantama Market in the Ashanti Region has lauded the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) for decongesting the market.
Osiadeeyo Nana Kwasi Bediako noted that, the presence of women at the construction site was obstructing the progress of work, thereby causing the country millions of Ghana cedis.
Kobetko Vedntures had an agreement with the KMA during the era of Mr. Kojo Bonsu to construct a small lorry terminal near the Bantama Market to aid the traders and those who come to the market.
But the construction work has since faced a loads of difficulties because some of the traders have chosen to sell their goods not in the market but at the grounds of the intended terminal.
According to Nana Kwasi Bediako, his letter through his lawyers to the KMA for compensation resulted in the removal of the traders from the site.
“The KMA had warned them severally to leave there but they just wouldn’t go, sometimes if they see the police and the city guards coming, they will leave there but return immediately they leave”, he said.
He said, on several occasions, their tipper truck drivers got stranded “because the traders will not leave there for them to off load the sand and if we talk they will begin to curse us”.
He however, disputed rumours by a cross- section of the traders that, the Bantama Market Queen, Nana Kyeiwaa was behind the decongestion exercise.
“The project has delayed for too long, and it was a bank loan we took for the work. We should be paying back by now, but you can imagine the interest we will be paying, and they don’t want to leave for us to do the work”, he lamented
Story: From James APPIAKORANG JNR, Kumasi, A/R