The traders, some of whom had threatened a massive demonstration to push for the move, are accusing members of the board of not serving their interests.
Speaking on Akoma FM’s current affairs and political show GhanAkoma Thursday, May 12, Chairman for Federation of Kumasi Traders Nana Akwasi Prempeh told host of the show Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin that “anytime we the traders request for something from management they will tell us that the board is yet to give clearance and this ‘stampede’ from the side of the board has been one too many so we have decided as traders that the board is not serving our interest”.
Touching on the issue of electricity meter that has been hanging for almost two years, leadership of the traders explained that “the market board has been adamant to our pleas”.
“We have been pushing them to allow us the traders to have separate meters for each shop but for over one year the situation has been the same so we have come to conclusion that the board doesn’t care about the plight of the traders so we want the board dissolved so we can have new board that will push our agenda to ensure traders welfare to boost our livelihoods.”
Traders at the newly constructed Kejetia market have been complaining of high electricity bills and rampant defects on the facility.
According to them, the over 7,000 shops in the market are connected to one electricity meter, a situation they described as taking a toll on their sales and businesses.
Nana Prempeh, who represented leadership of the market, added that “at least there are over 100,000 traders at the market at every particular time when the market is open, hence we have large constituents so we don’t know why the board doesn’t take us serious.”
“We are giving ourselves one month, if the board doesn’t heed to our request we shall converge and demonstrate against them.”