The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) will from Today Monday, August 10, 2020 begin the registration of traders within the Takoradi Market Circle and also plan for their relocation to make way for the redevelopment of the Takoradi market into an ultra-modern market facility.
John Laste, the Public Relations Officer for STMA, who disclosed this to wrreporters said the digital registration exercise of tenants, activities and rental structures would involve getting the picture of the traders, the type of businesses they are engaged in as well as his or her exact sitting place in the market.
The purpose of the registration exercise he said is to prevent issues of wrong and inappropriate allocation of stores and stalls to traders after the completion of the project.
“Pictures of individual traders would be taken backed with proof of identity, utility bills, business certificate and other necessary personal information of the traders.”
According to John Laste, the reconstruction of the Takoradi Central Market would be in two phases with the first phase focusing on the Takoradi Market Circle parameters while the second phase of the construction would include Ebirewfom, Airport Ridge Taxi station and stores around Avor hotel.
He added that the affected traders under the first phase would be relocated to temporary structures at the current Takoradi Council quarters, Main Spain (Amanful) and behind Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) opposite Dadzie’s bakery.
Community Liaison officer for Contracta, Mr Emmanuel Danso told Journalists at the stakeholders engagement in Takoradi that the firm would do its best to complete the project on schedule.
Meanwhile leadership of the traders in the markets receives the news with joy but anticipate some inconveniences that might affect their businesses in the coming months.
Secretary to the Takoradi market queen mothers association, Mrs Veronica Arthur told wrreporters STMA and the Contractor have assured them of a digital registration platform which will ensure that traders will not to lose out in the reallocation of stores after it completion.
The project when completed will boost commercial activities in the city, reduce vehicular and human congestion around the central business district in the Metropolis, increase the number of rentable shops, increase internally generated funds mobilization, improve safety and security in and around the market as well as increase infrastructural facilities such as toilets, covered drainage network and health post.
The over 100-year-old market Structure sitting on 7.7 arcs of land in heart of the Takoradi has about 10,000 daily traders with a total capacity of 2.980 stalls and about 873 stores making it the largest market circle in West Africa.