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Kejetia Traders Attack Authorities Over High Electricity Bills, etc

KEJETIA TRADERS
ASSOCIATION, ELEVEN MEMBER STEERING COMMITTEE OF
CENTRAL MARKET AND CONCERN CENTRAL MARKET TRADERS ASSOCIATION
AND KEJETIA/CENTRAL MARKET PETTY TRADERS ASSOCIATIONS, FRANCOS
ENTERPRISE LIMITED, KEJETIA TRADITIONAL CATERERS ASSOCIATION, KEJETIA
UNITED TRADERS.
PRESS RELEASE

Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the press and fellow traders. We are very grateful for your attendance even though we gave you a short notice, thanks you
very much.

It has become necessary to hold this press conference due to the deception, poor attention, lack of concern and lukewarm attitude or approach of management as
well as the board of directors by extension kma.to our plight.

It is surprising to note that Traders needs which should have been the greatest concern and headache to management and the board of directors of the market, have rather been relegated to the background while needs of management are
being championed in a manner very reprehensible and unacceptable.

Ladies and gentlemen, the only attention our issues have had from management and the board of directors since the inception of this edifice are the following
a. We are working on it
b. It is stage by stage
c. The board will take a decision on it etc.

The above inscriptions have been the daily CHORUS of management and the board of directors over a year now and we think it is time to call “a spade a spade”.

For how long can this treatment of disrespect and disdain be allowed to fester and undo the very TRADERS who feed you.

Permit me at this time to rehash some of our main concerns which received no attention from management and the board of directors, in other words, they have
been treated with disdain so to speak.

Public Address System:

The press, fellow traders is it not a surprising that a market as big as this hasn’t gotten a semblance of public address system for disseminating of information,
education of occupants of this facility for we the traders. Anytime this concern is raised before either management or the board of directors, we are always told to
wait or have patience and that things are been worked on.

Sadly, and disappointedly it been over a year now and no sign of a public address system.

When is talking going to give way for real concrete action to take place to birth
results.

Is there any reason why authorities wouldn’t want to get a public address system into this market? We are in the know that it was part of the original contract of which the contractors’ representatives, the consultant to the board
and management have all confirmed to.

Functionality of Lift:

Before the operationalization of this market, we were told fantasy tales of facilities in this market.

From lift system to modern cooking system and others.

We dare the authorities i.e. management and the board of directors to tell the whole world if the lift system in this market has ever work for just for an hour carrying even goods or physically challenged persons to and fro the various floors in this market.

Anytime we raise these concern authorities will sweet tongue us
“it’s been worked on” and that very soon we will see the functioning of the lift.

We have waited till eternity for this to happen. Maybe it will take the second coming of Jesus Christ to see the working of the lift(elevator).

Cooking and gas flow system:

Looking from afar anybody will conclude that this is a master class edifice of a market taking into consideration the food court. Ladies and gentlemen of the
press let the whole world know that all is never rosy with the beauty of a food court they see.

With a food court of this length one will think it should have
multiple exit point for easy escape in case there is fire outbreak or any danger looming at this section of the market.

Interestingly these long stretch food court have only single exit point which is soo dangerous.

The lives of our fellow traders who ply their trade at the food court matter a lot and must not be toyed with.

This section of the market is supposed to use gas for cooking, but the reality is that ever since this market has been operational, gas has never flown through the
pipes to the various outlets shops at the food court.

Traders are now forced to use their own gas cylinders for cooking. Permit us to put these questions to the authorities who dreamt, planned, designed and built this market.

Did they ever realize fufu was one of the major staple foods of our people? What provision was
made to allow for preparation of this food? Why should traders have to get fufu pounded on the first and second floors of this market which is so dangerous for a structured market of this nature? Now on the issue of gas flow and the citing of the gas reserve tank.

Why will a gas reserve tank be cited this close to a densely populated area?

Why will a gas reserve tank be cited this close to a structure that
houses squatters?

Has anyone thought how dangerous it will be should there be a leakage around that tank with it coming into contact with naked fire?

We for see wailing, grinding of teeth of mothers and families. We for see danger ahead of us.

This tank is just close to the children hospital of Kumasi. If the public is not aware we wish to place on notice that on the day gas was discharged into this tank it was very scary when leakage of one of the valve was spotted.

As we speak there is gas sitting in that tank without it been used. When is gas supply going to get to the various shops at the food court for cooking.

Enough of the wait it been worked on. Enough of “we have ordered for an equipment to fix for the gas flow” which never get supplied to be fixed. Enough of the baked truth and sweet talking
us to wait in perpetuity. We have run out of patience.

Leaking roofs:

Why will an edifice as this with this huge investment start having a leaking roof anytime it rains? What went into the thinking in acquiring materials used for roofing this structure? Will this market keep on having leaking roof in perpetuity?

Why bring us from well roofed shops to a facility that have to live with leaking roofs whenever it rains.

Where did we go wrong for this to be visited on us?

Choked Drains:

When an edifice of this nature is put up it is very much expected that the drainage systems will be constructed in a manner that will get water from heavy rain flow
freely.

When this has been done, but yet authorities fail to maintain these drains by desilting them the end result is flooding. One would have thought that after the heavy rain in 2015 that got kejetia flooded while the contractor was at site steps will be taken to forestall the reoccurrence of this. But just two weeks ago another flooding happened.

Were we been relocated from continuous flooded area to a more befitting edifice only to be relocated to another flooded place it is
the duty of the Kumasi metropolitan assembly to get all major drains around the market desilted while management do same inside the market to prevent reoccurrence of flooding of our markets. We traders will not take it lightly when another flooding is allowed to occur. We also call on our fellow traders to desist from pushing filth into the smaller drains in the market. The problem affecting traders whose shops are at the extension section of the market is persistent
flooding of their shop whenever it rains. The attention of authorities has been drawn to this and all we are told is that it is due to design defect.

For the solution that must be gotten for this has never been their priority.
Access routes and dead parts of the market:

Every market thrives on accessibility and visibility. In the case of the new kejetia
market it is not completely so. There are parts of the market that lack direct flow
of patrons to patronize their wares and to worsen their case visibility to draw attention of patrons that products are sold there is virtually nonexistent.

This has worsened the plight of our fellow traders who have to deal is no sales for the whole day yet have to cough up monies to pay bills here in the market.

We know you will be shocked if we should tell you that at the PZ first floor section of the market some traders make as low as 20cedis sale for the whole day. Under this
condition how do we expect traders to survive. We have been on the neck of management and board of directors for quite some time now to create accessibility and visibility for the section of the market all to no avail.

The only thing they are best at doing is promises upon promises that it will be done.

We can’t wait any longer. It has also become evidently clear that the contractor working on the phase two of the central market project who happens to be same
contractor who built this edifice either does not have respect for us traders or they feel they are an island onto themselves. If not so they won’t be blocking
access route that drives patrons into the market from the secondhand cloth
section of the market leading to the roundabout at the adum side. With this we are serving notice to the contractor and the consultant to find any possible means
to redirect traffic of patrons from that side of the market into the market; failure
of which we will advise ourselves as to how to get traffic flow of patrons into the market from that side.

Looming health risk:
A market is built with lorry terminal in it. Some shops are close to the lorry terminal. Excessive fumes from the vehicles that use the terminals is gradually
becoming a dangerous health risk for our fellow traders’ example of which is respiratory disease. We are aware in building the mark smoke extractors were installed but the irony of it is that these extractors are not being functional leaving our fellow traders who find their shops close to the lorry terminals to keep
breathing in the fumes from the vehicles. This is unacceptable and will not be allowed to continue. The extractors must work to protect our fellow traders from any future health hazards.

Billing and metering:
In the early days of the operationalization of the market, issues about the billing system came with huge anger from traders, the mayor of Kumasi metropolitan
assembly who double as the board chair of the market had a meeting with the traders’ executives. At that meeting a temporal proposal was put in place to help with the billing issues while board of directors and management work with speed
to get every shop metered so to cut out the huge confusion about the bills.

This will make the service charges bill to be a stand-alone from the electricity bills of each shop. We all agreed that by January of 2021 every shop would have been
metered. After that meeting the EXECUTIVES did everything possible to make sure
the meters available. We have gone very far, having the opportunity to receive three bids from three companies, along the line one company pulled out leaving
two and we spoke at length with them. We are also aware that ECG has approve
their types of meter they intend to supply to us. What is now left is final approval
from the board of directors which have stalled the supply of the meters to each
shop. We insist that with immediate effect the way have to be cleared for the
meters to be supplied. We can’t and we will not wait any further. The time of the
metering of the shops has a linkage effect with the current rising bills that traders
are faced with. We strongly believe that should the meters be made available the
rising billing cost will drastically fall so that it can be affordable for each trader to
pay.
Perhaps management will have to looking at the contracts of the service providers
again as we are aware contracts with them have run out. In the process of doing so service level agreement will have to be put in place to get the best services
from them for traders who are the ultimate financers and beneficiaries.
If after several meetings, writing of letters, no concrete action was taken, we
want sit quite anymore. In the last meeting we had with authorities of which reps
from the consultant to the project, reps from the contractor, managing director,
consultant to the board of directors never produced any results then no more
waiting. We rise for action to be taken.
We are by this press conference serving to all authorities who have a role to play
in our concerns raised to take immediate steps to swing into action, failure of
which we will advise ourselves. For the metering of each shop there is no
bargaining for it. We need to see installation of the meter in three weeks’ time
failure of which we will consider a very drastic decision that might hurt all
stakeholders in this market.
General secretary
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CHAIRMEN SPOKEPERSONS
Nana Akwesi Prempeh Nana Akwesi Prempeh
Obeng Sika 0243272873
Frank Antwi Ahmed kwarteng
Daniel Ankamah 0543393393
Francis Owusu Patricia Acheampong
Samuel Mensah 0546819156
Frank Antwi
0243770790
Andy Coffie
0244592497

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