Most of the traditional markets in Accra are in a deplorable state. They do not have modern market facilities to enable them perform their functions as modern markets in the various communities. Businesses are slow in these markets as people no longer patronise them because of poor infrastructure.
A careful study conducted by a team of APFm News proved that the authorities-district assemblies, members of parliament and the chiefs whose responsibility it is to ensure the well being of the markets, have not been supportive enough.
The Anyaa market for instance, in the Anyaa Ablekum constituency of the Ga Central Municipal Assembly, in an interview, the Deputy Organiser of Anyaa Market Association, Madam Dina Anum, appealed to Nana Akuffo Addo to construct a modern market in place of the old deplorable one for them.
According to her, the Mahama administration promised to provide a bus terminal and a modern market for the people of the constituency but time permitted only the terminal to be completed.
The organiser said ever since the NPP took office nine months ago, there has been no sign of the new administration continuing the project to alleviate the suffering of the traders.
She therefore advised the government not to abandon projects that were started by the previous administration, but to continue and complete them to maintain growth and development for the people.
Madam Anum also recalled that in times past, when the market was not in such a deplorable state, many shoppers including foreigners were always at the market to shop. "Today, many of the customers have stopped buying from the market because of its deplorable state", she added.
"Customers prefere going to the malls to do their shopping because of convenience and better facilities", she added.
Madam Anum told the Media that the poor state of the market has cost traders all their trading capital.
Concluding, the Deputy Organiser appealed to Nana Akuffo Addo and the Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Ayokor Botwe to use their high offices to construct the market for the traders in order to restore their economic fortunes.
Story by : Priscilla Donkor