President of a Pressure group calling itself Patriotic Front Movement of Ghana (PAFMOG) based in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region and a social activist, Mr Nyamekye Ebenezer has said he feels very uncomfortable and anguished as they sit aloof and allow the KMA to evict traders especially in this unfortunate Covid-19 pandemic era.
In a Press release copied to heroesghnews.com He disclosed that a press statement was issued by the KMA PRO, Madam Henrietta Affia Konadu Aboagye which dated on January 25, 2021, stating that it will stop trading activities on pavements and streets in the Central Business District of Kumasi from February 1, 2021, this he said it prompted him to air his view and be the voice of the voiceless.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE/PRESS RELEASE below.
*Immediate PRESS RELEASE*_
_MONDAY 1st February, 2021_
*KMA EVICTING TRADERS IS NEEDLESS AT THIS MOMENT. THEY MUST RETHINK. LET’S JOIN HANDS AND RESIST IT NOW.*
__By: Mr Nyamekye Ebenezer President Patriotic Front Movement of Ghana (PAFMOG) and a social activist__
” _Government of the people, by the people and for the people”,_ Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the USA.
The one with ears to hear should listen and understand that Government is of the people, by the people and for the people. In other words, if there are no people in your country there would be no Government.
“Let us be citizens and not spectators” as our President urged us to be – for this very reason, I, Nyamekye Ebenezer President for the Patriotic Front Movement of Ghana (PAFMOG), a social activist and as a concerned citizen of our country feel very uncomfortable and anguished as we sit aloof and allow the KMA to evict traders especially in this unfortunate Covid-19 pandemic era.
A press statement issued by the KMA PRO, Madam Henrietta Affia Konadu Aboagye dated January 25, 2021, states “it will stop trading activities on pavements and streets in the Central Business District of Kumasi from February 1, 2021”. This statement prompted me to air my view and be the voice of the voiceless.
I would want to emphatically state that this exercise is NEEDLESS at this covid-19 era. Let’s do the right thing at the right time, we should bear this in mind, to whom power be, listens.
The covid-19 pandemic has affected the entire globe and continues to alter life as we already know, Ghana is not exempted. This pandemic has truly wreaked a lot of havoc on businesses and in effect has reduced sales in commodities at a high rate since March 2020: as a result, most business people including our men and women in the Central market have not risen to their feet.
The Government recently reopened schools which were closed for about 9 months due to this pandemic. Most parents and guardians who are probably our market men and market women are expected to pay huge sums of school fees and for other stuffs of their wards dire moment.
Regardless of the ongoing construction of the Phase 2 of the Kejetia market, our market men and market women are stranded and left in limbo as we don’t know when this project will be completed.
After a series sleepless nights and thoughts, I have come up with the following queries;
1. As KMA is asking our market men and market women to move from their current places of trading, what should they do or where should they trade to earn income and pay for thier wards fees and upkeep?
2. Looking at the heightened covid-19 cases in our country, there is an anticipated lockdown. I ask, if this happens, what will these traders do to survive since they have been asked to move from their current places of trading?
3. What is the KMA doing about Krofrom market that has been abandoned for almost a decade?
4. What is the KMA doing to improve the satellite markets we have in the greater Kumasi?
5. What permanent measures has the KMA put in place to improve the conditions of Nana Afia Kobi market and the racecourse to make trading at these places friendly?
After critically considering all the above queries, I believe that the KMA’s eviction of traders at this moment is Needless; if they believe government is for the people, by the people and of the people then they need to rethink about their decision.
In my candid opinion, I reckon what the KMA needs to do at the moment is to elevate this situation permanently is to;
1. Complete the second phase of the Kejetia market project.
2. Put measures in place to improve the roads, security and infrastructure at the racecourse to make that place business friendly.
3. Nana Afia Kobi market should be put in proper conditions to attract customers.
4. The Krofrom market that has been a white elephant should be immediately attended to in order to reduce the workload at the central market.
5. Our satellite markets in the greater Kumasi like Tafo, Asowasi, Atonsu, Suman and the rest should be assigned with a particular identity (as Moro market is known mainly for shoes) to appeal to the people’s interest.
Through this press medium, I call upon on all and sundry to speak for our market men and market women for the KMA to consider their intentions again.
In conclusion, I would want to urge every citizen to play our role diligently as true Patriots of our lovely country. For the change we want to see in our country to manifest, we must be ambassadors for that change in our own small ways.
Once we positively change in all spheres of of our life , Ghana will automatically change. There is no Ghana without you and I.
Let’s not forget to wear our masks and adhere to all the Covid-19 protocols too for this virus is real.
Love All Hate Non, I Love You All.
Long live the Media, Long Live Kumasi, Long live Asanteman, Long live Ghana.
For More Information contact
_Mr Nyamekye Ebenezer c President Patriotic Front Movement of Ghana (PAFMOG) and a social activist 0240 80 94 4
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