Hawkers On The Streets Of Accra Will Be Prosecuted When I Become President-Akpaloo

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Founder and flagbearer of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Percival Kofi Akpaloo has warned recalcitrant traders caught hawking along the streets will be arrested and prosecuted when he becomes President in 2025.

According to him,he is committed to decongest the streets of Accra to make the city clean.

Kofi Akpaloo started that his government will form a resolute taskforce to ensure such traders operating along the streets of the Central Business District comply with the sanitation by-laws.

“We must always ensure the city is clean when i become President I will enforce and ensure that all street hawkers who sell on pavements are arrested and prosecuted,” Kofi Akpaloo told Accra-based Neat FM.

” Why are some Ghanaians so indiscipline? you will never see these kind of silly attitude in Europe, “he added.

He also called on the traders to move into available spaces at the markets or have themselves to blame.

The argument is that, these hawkers play important role in the local economy, but one can also not overlook the nuisance they create in the city for, which reason authorities and environment sensitive individuals detest their presence on the streets.

Street hawking illegal?

On April 01, 2011, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) released a new by-law approved by the Local Government Ministry to arrest persons who engage in street hawking as well as those who patronise their wares.

Per the new laws, no one is allowed to sell to a driver or a passenger, thus making street hawking an illegal venture.

The hawkers’ by-law, passed by the A.M.A on September 1, 2010 also emphasised that hawkers must ensure they obtain license before operating. Thus, a hawker cannot erect stalls on pavements and streets and should not be an obstruction or impede the free flow of vehicular or human traffic and are also prohibited to offer for sale or purchase of merchandise to vehicle drivers and passengers.

But the practice is arguably, on the increase, making our streets big market centres, sometimes, with children being major players.

Source: Richard Obeng Bediako/KingdomFMonline. com

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