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Kumasi Central Market project: Traders optimistic of early completion

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5 months ago
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Identifiable groups at Central Markets in Kumasi of the Ashanti Region have debunked standstill claims made by some traders about the redevelopment of Central Market.

These traders said the government has not sidelined the project as announced by some other traders in an earlier press conference.

In a rebuttal conference, members of the identifiable groups at the Central Market said it’s unacceptable on the part of those traders calling on the leader of the Movement for Change, Hon Alan Kwadwo Kyeremateng to take over the project to the extent of threatening to boycott the 2024 General elections.

“We were happy when the first group of traders earlier announced their intention to call the government’s attention on the halted project only for them to twist the entire idea to politicize it” one trader said to Sampson Kwame Nyamekye.

These traders have expressed their confidence in the NPP government as far as the completion of ongoing projects in the Ashanti region is concerned.

They recounted how the government over the years has improved on infrastructure and other amenities, especially in the Ashanti Region from road network, schools, and hospitals among others which according to them has depended on their trust in the government when it comes to project provision.

As to whether to participate in the general elections in December or not, they hinted at their willingness to cast their votes.

On Thursday, 2nd May 2019, at Kejetia, President Akufo-Addo cut sod for the construction of the Kejetia Central Market phase 2 project to boost economic growth in the region.

The redevelopment of the Kumasi Central Market is a two hundred and forty- eight-million-euro (€248 million) project, and it is being financed by Deutsche Bank of Germany, with export credit guarantee from the United Kingdom Export
Finance (UKEF). The construction will be undertaken by Messrs Contracta Construction Ltd, UK, and will be finished within 48 months.

Upon completion, the redeveloped market will have 6,500 leasable commercial spaces; 5,400 closed stores; 800 kiosks; 50 restaurants; 210 fishmonger and butcher stores; forty 40 livestock stores; and 1,800m2 of community facilities.

source: Theannouncergh.com