Traders staking their claim on pedestrian walkway is so prevalent in Ghana that taking a stand against it gets you labelled as a hater or an enemy.
However, my stance on this issue is heavily influenced by the the dire situation on the walkway. When the footbridge on the Awoshie-Pokuase highway (N.I.C) was constructed, it was to serve it’s purpose of allowing pedestrians and cyclists safely cross the busy road without jeopardising their lives. But the potential businessmen and women saw it as a perfect location to trade and on the 1st of September 2017, began setting up various businesses and stands on the walkway.
That night, It was certainly a sight to behold as traders put up sneakers and phone accessories on display for sale. Indomie noodle vendors also set up their joints and prepared their noodles on open fire right next to the bus stop. You could also see koose being fried right under the newly constructed bridge with sparks and ember everywhere, a year later and it is still going on.
Mornings on the bridge are usually busy with sellers and customers kibitzing about the economy and politics whilst evenings are chaotic with traders competing with pedestrians and drivers for space. All efforts to move the traders from the walkway to prevent a repeat of the Ashaiman incident has been inefficacious and it is time for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to interfere, as something will have to be done to avoid a disaster on the Awoshie Ablekuma Pokuase Highway
It will be recalled that a Kia truck developed a break fault and meandered its way through some market woman who had displayed their wares along the street. This unfortunate event occurred on the 26th of July, 2018, exactly three months ago and resulted in our market women sustaining various degrees of injury.
It is very important that we avoid another gloomy day such as this one and it will only be possible if the authorities in charge take the appropriate measures.