THE ASHANTI Regional Women’s Organiser for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Ama Ampomah has appealed to persons hawking in front of streets around the Kejetia Redeveloped market to turn to the Race Course and take over sheds that are lying unoccupied.
The Women’s leader speaking to the media on Wednesday afternoon after presenting food items and organising a buffet for 68 market queens at the race course said she was surprised to see about 600 sheds and shops unoccupied at the arena.
She noted that spaces available could cater for all hawkers seen selling around the streets of Dr Mensah, Hello fm and other streets in the Central Business District of the Kumasi Metropolis.
“I am shocked seeing all these sheds unoccupied and I would therefore appeal to all hawkers in and around Adum and Kejetia to come here and occupy sheds here so that we can continue our trading activities in decent atmospheres”, Nana Ama Ampomah appealed.
The Women’s Organiser also appealed to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and all stakeholders including the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council (ARCC) to work out a plan to encourage the hawkers to take spaces at the race course.
The Women’s Organiser also asked the NPP regional executives to take interest in the matter and carry out some sensitization efforts to get hawkers in the metropolis to occupy spaces at the Kumasi race course market.
The Women’s Organiser also promised to lobby for funds from the Micro and Small Loans Scheme (MASLOC) to resource market Queens who needs such to expand their businesses.
“I know you need funds to expand your businesses and as Women’s leader I promise to use my influence to lobby the MASLOC secretariat to advance some support to you”
Nana Yaa Foriwaa, Race Course Market Queen commended the Regional Women’s Organiser for visiting them every year to show them kindness and to eat with them.
She also praised for her listening to their concerns and touring to the arena to see things for herself.
Madam Foriwaa said she was happy that assurances had been given them to attend to their issues including lobbying for them to get loans from MASLOC and also the bad bridge leading to the main arena.
“We are happy that our lady, Nana Ama Ampomah has once again taken time to eat with us and to tour the place where we trade so she could best help to carry our concerns to government and those who matter for redress and we know when this place is well set up many would rush to come here”, the Queen Mother stated.
By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie