Allow us to sell by the roadside, fruit sellers plead with TMA

Tema- Traders who used to sell behind the walls of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Greenwich Meridian Congregation at Tema Community One, have appealed to the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) to allow them sell by the roadside.

The traders, who mostly display their wares on the shoulders of the road and a few on tables, trade in fruits especially pineapple, mango, pawpaw, orange and avocado at affordable prices.

Sale of plantain in large quantities and other food stuffs was done at the market popularly known as ‘kwasia dwaso until the TMA cleared the traders from the area some few weeks ago citing sanitation and safety issues.

The Ghana News Agency in an interview with the traders who still stand in groups at their former vibrant trading place, appealed to the TMA to allow them back to place to enable them cater for their families.

They questioned why the Assembly sacked them from the area but allowed some men trading in yam to openly display their wares on hand drawn carts near the GCB Bank Limited building.

According to Madam Afua Ceci, all her children had been sacked from school for owing school fees as she could not sell her wares which she complained were getting rotten.

Another trader who gave her name as Aunty Hannah said she and her colleagues most often got injured whenever they ran helter-skelter upon seeing the Assembly’s task force coming to the area every morning.

She stated that the only time they were able to sell enough was after 1600 hours when members of the task force had gone to rest.

Mr Frank Asante, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the TMA, responding to the concerns of the traders, said the Assembly aware that some of the traders had converted their shops in the markets to warehouses and resorted to selling by the road side.

Mr Asante added that the activities of traders at ‘kwasia dwaso’ put pedestrians at risk as they displayed their wares on the walkway forcing them to use the road.

He indicated that, Mr Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, had interacted with the affected traders assuring them of completing the expansion of the Community Nine market to accommodate them.

Source: Ghana News Agency