Buying and selling of tomato product of all traders who deal in bulk breaking of tomatoes in the Central Business District (CBD) who had been relocated from Agbogbloshie, CMB, Mokola, Tudu and Kwasiadwaso to the Hearts Park adjacent the Arts Centre in Accra in the wake of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pademic are booming.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA) has performed the exercise,ostensibly to help ease vehicular and human congestion in the city amidst the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
A recent visit to Hearts Park in Accra by Bizzygh.com revealed an interest scene when hundred of traders and customers had crowded in Hearts Park for where they are busily selling and buying of the tomato product.
Speaking in an interview with Bizzygh.com, the leadership of tomato traders stated categorically that the selling and buying of the tomatoes are going well in their current location than when they were in their previous market centres like Agbogbloshie, CMB, Mokola, Tudu and Kwasiadwaso all in Accra.
According to them, they enjoyed selling and buying of tomatoes in Hearts Park, attributing the situation to the free movement of vehicular and human and congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah for taking human face decision to relocate bulk tomato traders to ‘Hearts Park.
“We are saying that the ‘Hearts Park is very conducive environment for doing business of selling and buying of tomatoes . So we are congratulating President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo because now that we know that he really cares for tomato traders. We would like to thank him because we are now enjoying fresh air from the sea and we are hoping that the government would make the ‘Hearts Park a perminent market centre for selling and buying of tomatoes in Accra,” the traders appealed.
It would be recalled that thr AMA in and the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly directed all traders who deal in bulk breaking of tomatoes in the Central Business District to relocate to the Hearts Park adjacent the Arts Centre in Accra.
Addressing the leadership of tomato traders drawn from Agbogbloshie, CMB, Mokola, Tudu and Kwasiadwaso on Monday at the AMA City Hall the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah said the markets had become hotspots for the transmission of the virus and as a result measures must be put in place to decongest the markets and ensure that the protocol on social distancing was adhered to.
“Our markets have become a hotspot for the transmission of the virus so the government had given us the powers to relocate all traders dealing in the bulk breaking of tomatoes to the Hearts Park adjacent the Arts Centre beginning Wednesday 22nd April 2020,” he said.
He cautioned that no trader would be allowed to offload tomatoes in any of the markets anymore and that any trader who goes contrary to the directives would be dealt with per the law.
The Mayor admonished the traders to strictly observe all the protocols outlined by the government to help prevent the spread of the virus.
” We all know of the virus and am happy the majority of you have a nose mask on. This is one of the protocols we must all follow religiously in addition to hand washing, social distancing, the use of hand sanitizers and not touching our faces. From now everyone coming into the city must wear a mask to prevent the transmission because if you do not protect yourself then you will be putting all of us at risk, ” he said.
Source:Bizzygh.com/Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU