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Business News of Thursday, 15 November 2018

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Open Kejetia market for business – Mahama to government

Former President John Dramani Mahama is raising questions about the inability of the government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to start the second phase of the Kumasi Kejetia Market.

Then President Mahama in 2015 cut the sod for the construction of a modern Kumasi Kejetia Central Market project with amenities including CCTV monitoring system, police station, clinic, spacious bus terminal, fire station and a crèche.

But many people are unhappy with how the current government is handling the execution of the project.

Speaking to delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Subin constituency as part of his four-day flagbearership campaign tour of the Ashanti region, Mr Mahama asked why the first phase of the project is still not open for business.

He said the NDC government saw the need to develop the market because Kumasi has one of the biggest markets in the West African sub-region, adding that his administration secured funding for the second phase of the project as well.

“I thought by now, the market would be open for business, whereby traders at the phase two site would have been moved to the new place for the second phase to start but nothing is happening as at now,” he noted.

Mr Mahama said Kumasi is very strategic when it comes to business and it is imperative that the Akufo-Addo government, as a matter of urgency, fixes the market quickly to enable traders to conduct their business.

He said Ghanaians are facing untold economic hardship under the NPP government and it is important that members of the NDC unite and work hard to kick them out of government in the 2020 elections.