General News of Friday, 21 July 2017
There was pandemonium at the Race Course Terminal in Kumasi yesterday when a huge crocodile was sighted in the Subin River which passes through the area.
Although many people panicked on hearing of the presence of the carnivorous reptile in the river, others, mostly traders and passers-by, could not let go of the opportunity to catch a glimpse of it.
The Race Course currently hosts a number of traders who were displaced a year ago from the Kejetia Terminal to pave the way for the construction of the Kejetia Central Market.
The area is also close to a bushy area behind the once vibrant Kumasi Zoo.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, 54-year-old Maame Serwaa, a yam seller, said since news broke in the morning that a crocodile was in the river, she could not settle to do business as she was afraid.
She expressed concern about the overgrown vegetation in the area and appealed to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to make the place habitable for traders.
Madam Ama Nyarko, a chop bar operator who occasionally worked into the night, said their lives were at risk.
She urged the KMA to provide additional street lights in the area to avert any disaster and fumigate the area to scare other reptiles and rodents away.
“How do we even know whether there are not many more of such crocodiles in the river?” she asked.
The Public Relations Officer of the KMA, Mr Godwin Okumah Nyame, said when the assembly got the information, it ordered its task force to secure the place while they sought expert advice from the Wildlife Department of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources on how to get the aquatic creature out of the river to a much safer and secured environment.
He, however, advised the general public not to go close to the river in order not to be attacked by the crocodile while the assembly took immediate measures to avert any untoward incidence.