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ONMA Engages Hawkers, Artisans And Others Ahead of Mass Decongestion Exercise

The Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly (ONMA) has ended a day’s sensitization tour to urge traders doing business at unapproved places in the Municipality to quit.

The tour is a prelude to a mass demolition and decongestion exercise to restore law and order in the Municipality.

The exercise meant to engage the traders to move from the pavements was on Monday was greeted with spontaneous movements of unapproved structures, wares, tables and everything in sight even without a word from the taskforce.

The tour was preceded by an announcement by the Assembly and a meeting with identifiable groups and stakeholders in the Municipality last week.

The taskforce led by the Municipal Chief Executive, (MCE) Boye Laryea, with personnel drawn from the Municipal Assembly, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Fire Service and the Ghana Immigration Service urged the traders to make way for pedestrians.

Mr. Laryea said the increasing rate of pedestrian knockdowns and the situation where pedestrians and vehicles compete for space in the street because of traders selling on pavements is worrying.

He said traders and drivers have been recalcitrant in heeding to the laws of the state and therefore has to use force as an implementation method to decongest the area.

The NCCE said there is a lot of indiscipline at lapaz adding that the activities of drivers, hawkers, car conductors and bookmen (Station masters) have compounded the situation.

Mr. Laryea said the government spends millions of Cedis to clear the filth created by the trading activities of the hawkers.

The MCE is sure that the exercise will be sustained to sanitize the situation at lapaz and its environs.

The activities of Illegal car garages, mechanic workshops as well the springing up of unauthorized lorry stations were not spared in the exercise.

Aside from Lapaz, the task force toured: Tesano, Abofu, Achimota Old Station, Achimota New Station, Akweteyman and Flat Top.

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