The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) will soon be embarking on a decongestion exercise in some parts of Accra.
A statement signed by Sam Ayeh-Dartey, Metro Co-ordinating Director said: “The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) wishes to inform the general public especially hawkers and traders who have encroached on pavements, footbridges, other open sources and all ceremonial routs to leave these places before 8th January 2018 as the AMA will be conducting a decongestion exercise to rid the Metropolis of their activities. We wish to bring to the fore that the Christmas festivities are over and their continuous activities are a contributory factor to the heaps of garbage deposited along the roads.
“The Assembly wishes to remind the general public that their activities are contrary to the AMA hawkers by-laws of 2011 and section 117 (1) of the road traffic regulations, 2012 (LI 2180).
Also the AMA is cautioning persons or group of persons who have illegally occupied government reserved lands and areas which have been cleared by the assembly previously to vacate with immediate effect. Especially those along the railway line at Kwame Nkrumah circle, Avenor, parts of Dzorwulu and other areas within the jurisdiction of the AMA.”
It added : “Furthermore, the AMA wishes to emphasise that all those who are plying their trade along the Barnes Roads and the Kwame Nkrumah avenue from the old Kingsway to NIB illegally to vacate those areas with immediate effect. The decongestion exercise will be spearheaded by the Metropolitan Security Committee (MESEC). The focus areas for the decongestion exercise are the Central Business District (CBD), Kaneshie market area, NI Highway, the (Mallam-Achimota stretch), Darkuman-Kokompe, Odokor-Kwashieman road, Nima Highway, Agbobloshie, Kwame Nkrumah interchange and its environs. All are enjoined to support this exercise to make Accra a place where we can all live in and love it.”