In a bid to decongest Cape Coast, especially the commercial areas, the Cape Coast Metro Assembly last Friday inaugurated a Taskforce made up of ten personnel drawn from the Ghana Police Service, Metro Works Department and Metro Guards from the Assembly.

The Taskforce which will commence work on Monday 26th March, 2016 has been mandated to ensure that traders who have stalls/stores within the refurbished Kotokuraba and Abura Markets occupy them.

The exercise is expected to end on Thursday 26th of April, 2018. According to Hon. Arthur, at the end of the exercise, the aim of the exercise is not only to decongest the township but also make sure sanitary measures are observed in the metropolis to reduce the potential of disease outbreak as a result of filth.

It has become common sight for traders to be seen hawking and selling in makeshift structures along the streets within the commercial areas of the city causing vehicular traffic.

At the Kotokuraba market, many traders are seen hawking on the streets and around the market with the excuse that they were not allocated spaces at the new market even though most of these people have been allocated stalls/stores.

The Metropolitan Chief Executive, Hon. Ernest Arthur has assured the traders who do not have spaces to sell that the Assembly would do everything within its power to make sure that every trader has a decent place to sell.

He finally appealed to the traders to cooperate with the Taskforce in making the process a success.

The Central Regional Minister, Hon. Kwamena Duncan who was also at the inauguration caution the Taskforce against corruption and asked them to work diligently with human face. He pledged the support of the Regional Coordinating Council towards the exercise.

Present at the inauguration were Mr. Sampson Amoako Kwarteng, the Coordinating Director, Madam Dorcas Hutchful, Deputy Coordinating Director and Mr. Richmond Yeboah, the Investments Coordinator and the Public Relations Officer.

By Ekow Simpson

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