Regional minister storms CBD in bid to clean up Accra

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An exercise dubbed ‘Make Accra Clean’ was carried out by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), and its sister assemblies over the weekend. The exercise was preceded by a two-week intensive public education by the Information Services Department.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Henry Quartey, as part of his plans to keep the capital clean has started decongesting the central business district (CBD) to clear off traders who had illegally occupied the city pavements.

The decongestion exercise to make the city clean, was made known when the Minister met market queens and leaders in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) at the Accra City Hall a few days ago prior to the clean up exercise.

“You will all agree with me that increasingly, market women and petty traders are beginning to occupy the main streets within the Greater Accra Region. I say so because it cuts across and we are taking steps to decongest the streets to allow free flow of vehicles and traffic. Today we have engaged with the queen mothers. We have made a passionate appeal to them so they will join me, the government, and the assemblies in carrying out this exercise.”

“There is no intention to undertake this exercise in a Rambo style or bring hardship to our market women or traders. It is only an appeal to them to move off the streets so they can carry on with their businesses and trading in the designated market places,” Henry Quartey said.

He was accompanied by some military men and policemen, who stormed the Central Business District with a bulldozer for the clean-up exercise, together with some Forestry Commission officials were also present to provide assistance on how the beauty of the area could be re-ignited.

The minister and his team also visited Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, where molds had been constructed in the median of the road. The team also observed that traders had occupied an entire section of the street and were engaged in the sale of all manner of items, including clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics, assorted food items, and beverages, sanitary products, jewelry, herbal medicine, and utensils, were seated behind their wares doing business.

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