The Combined Traders Association of Kumasi City Market has rejected a move by managers of the Kumasi City Market to extend closure date of the facility.
The traders have vowed to resist any attempt by the Managers to close the market beyond the already agreed date.
They have now charged their members to come to work tomorrow, Monday, 20th March 2023.
They poured out their displeasure in a Press Release:
“Having sited a press release purporting to come from the Kumasi City Market board of directors, on the opening of the Kejetia market which has been extended for one extra week starting from Monday, 20th March 2023.
We wish to state categorically that we disagree with this vehemently. Let no one take we traders and transport operators for granted.
It’s very clear since the board has a constant source of living they don’t care what source of livelihood the traders and transport operators depend on.
Well, we wish to serve notice to the public that Kejetia will be open for trading on Monday. We will not accept the further one week closure.
We wish to put this questions forward
1. What did the board do with the numerous warnings from Fire Service ? (which one of the copies of the warning letters is attached to this release).
2. What is the board trying to hide from the public? Is it their incompetence or ineptitude or their reluctant to act and supervise effectively when they needed to do so?
3. So what have they done within the four (4) days so far when the market was closed down? We can confidently say when given one(1) full year they can’t do anything to help us.
4. Why is the board playing bromance with the management specifically the managing director? Is he their errands boy who does their bidding so they don’t want to touch him?
5. Why is the Board Chairman and the managing director still at post after supervising this disaster? They must go now before we proceed.
6. We were told all the juicy stories about the Kejetia Market, is anyone trying to cover the lie they told us about the structural integrity of the market ?
7. Has the board taken notice of the traders who deals in perishable goods and that even the three days has negative impact on the market ?
8. How is the board going to compensate traders who by virtue of the closure will lose customers to stiff competitor around the Kejetia Market ?
9. Is the board going to take responsibility of the daily earnings of traders ?
10. For the number of days we’ll stay home, will the management have the courage and boldness to ask for service charges from us when the market is opened ?
11. We have heard the repetition of the word structural integrity, wow, does the board really care about the structural engineer of Kejetia ?
Where were they when seven incidence of burst pipe lines destroy traders where 33 traders are in court with Kumasi City Market Limited ? Today, fire has expose them big time so they want to buy time and hide their shameful faces.
12. So what is the government lead by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo position on all this, do they really care about our woes?
Does the president really care about the Kejetia economy in this difficult times of the nation?
Does the president sleep comfortably while traders occupying over 8000 shops with transport operators suffering this way? Are we not Ghanaians ?
We are by this release calling on all traders and transport operators to come to work tomorrow Monday, 20th March 2023, no one should stay home. Everyone should come along with red bans.”
Signed and Endorsed by:
(Traders Board Reps)
Nana Yaw Owusu/Ashanti Region.