By: Ibrahim Nurudeen
The Tamale Metropolitan Assembly in the Northern region together with a joint security personnel have today started a massive decongestion exercise after series of public announcements to hawkers and shop owners to vacant unauthorized places in the business center.
The decongestion exercise was led by the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Hon Iddrisu Musah, with the heavy present of the police, military, the assembly task force, community police and personnel from the Ghana fire service.
Hawkers who sell on the pavements and on streets of the metropolis with erected kiosk, tables, and shops close to the roadside were all cleared off.
Addressing the media before the commencement of the decongestion this morning, Mr. Musah promised to sustain the exercise till the metropolis is adjudged the best in the country.
According to him development cannot take effect in the metropolis, if the business arena is not shaped and kept in the right direction.
But, some of the affected hawkers lamented bitterly, stating that they have no place to start their businesses, thus that their ward’s will suffer the consequences.
They advised government to create jobs before forcing them from the street.
According to them the action of the Mayor and the assembly is suppressing and out of order, “he should have secured a place for us in the market, instead of pushing us to a very far place where customers will not like to come and patronize our produce.”
They said the firm decongestion exercise will vent pressure on most homes in the region, because scores of the poor women selling on the pedestrians walk ways are the breed winners of their families.