Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly demolishes old market

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    The Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly
    has demolished structures belonging to individuals at the market
    site to pave way for the building of a new market.
    The proposed market complex will have offices, super markets
    and banks but the traders have expressed displeasure about the
    demolition exercise.
    The traders should have moved to a renovated market about six
    years ago but they refused, claiming the new place was small and
    could not contain all of them.
    The Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Epsona Ayamga,
    said it was not true that the renovated site was too small to contain
    them and said they were just refusing to move.
    He said the traders had been served with notices to move to the
    renovated market by the Assembly some six years ago and
    recently radio announcements were made to remind them to that
    effect but they have refused to move to the area.
    “Over the years many attempts to move them from the temporal
    market has been a problem and politics read into it. I think the time
    is up now. The demolishing is not bad because we have to create
    space for bigger development,” Mr Ayamga said.
    “The Bolgatanga Municipality also deserves Development. If
    you care to know 2011 has been declared an ‘Action Year’ by the
    President and we must all make sure it works.”
    Mr Ayamga said other regional capitals were developing and
    Bolgatanga should not be left behind and added “We have no bad
    intention against the traders; the action is for the good of Upper
    East region and Municipality as a whole.”
    Most of the affected traders, numbering over 1,000, said they
    were surprised by the action of the Municipal Chief Executive and
    the Assembly for the demolition exercise on Saturday which was a
    market day.
    They said they had planned to pack their things and to move to
    the renovated market site on Sunday but the Municipal Assembly
    arranged for a bulldozer and security personnel to destroy their
    stores with their wares.
    The traders said the demolition exercise also created a free day
    to thieves who took advantage of the situation to steal items from
    unsuspecting store owners under the guise of helping them to pack
    their items.
    They said the renovated market was not large enough to contain
    all the traders and that the few market stalls had been taken over by
    others leaving majority of them not having access to the market
    stalls.
    The traders were forced to move to the new market site for a
    temporal stay about 10 years ago for the old market to be
    renovated to befit the status of a Municipality.