The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive(MCE), Mr. Osei Asibey-Antwi has assured ejected shop owners and traders at Central Market that they will be given their various places back after its completion.
He explained into details that, the Central Market project is in three phases thus, Phase 1, 2 and 3.
According to him, “the erstwhile government had $259million for the Phase 1. But since the Phase 2 was needed to complete the project, I petitioned to the President that before the project can be completed, we must have the Phase 2 as well”.
Mr. Asibey-Antwi mentioned that the architectural design which was made, had certain features which was not in the Phase 1 but intended to include in Phase 2.
Due to the stated reason, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) boss was of the view that if the contractors do it without the Phase 2, the Metropolis would not get the desired market they want.
In line with this, he said the local government committee came to Kumasi to inspect the project. They found out that the petition which they laid before the president was sound and cogent.
The goal was for the Committee to send their findings to Parliament for it to be deliberated. Due to their deliberations, the Government presented it before Parliament and it has been approved that Kejetia Market Phase 2 should commence.
He made it known to Okay FM that the Phase 2 contract is worth €248million. Again, he revealed that the Phase 2 is more in-depth than Phase 1 and the latter is almost done.
Speaking on the issue about the market women not getting their stores back after been ejected, he affirmed that indeed it’s true that the main problem of the market women as at now is, whenever they eject them out of their stores, they do not call them back to give them new place.
However, his office has demonstrated that if their predecessors did that, they wouldn’t do same.
Recounting on what he has done for both Atonsu and Tafo market respectively, Mr Antwi said they built a market and even had an investor who built more stores for them, because of the limited stores that were available.
“After its completion, they gave the stores out to all the women”.
The MCE assured that they have been able to lift the obstacle that was hindering the progress of the project.
Mr Asibey-Antwi indicated that, they are looking forward to bringing back the people who were ejected from the place and already started a process known as Verification and Validation.
Story By: Elizabeth Adomah/ Jennifer Akyereko/ pinkfmonlinegh.com