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28.12.2006 Social News

Hawkers Market To Open Mid-January

By Samuel Nuamah
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Some 4,500 hawkers are expected to begin business at the 'Pedestrians Shopping Mall' at Odawna, near Kwame Nkrumah Circle Accra by the middle January.

Ali Baba Abature, Special Assistant to the Mayor of Accra told the Times yesterday, that 1,300 hawkers had so far gone through the registration process for the allocation of stalls and spaces.
He said the turnout has been high, with about 80 per cent of the 6,000 prospective applicants following up their application for allocation.

But Mr. Abature indicated that the exercise has been fraught with so many cases of impersonation which the assembly is dealing with.

The AMA he said, intended to have the hawkers move to the new market on the scheduled time to enable it to clean up the central business district ahead of the country's 50th Independence anniversary celebration.

Allocation of stalls and spaces at the Pedestrians' Shopping Mall' resumed on Monday December 18, after a three-week suspension following a disagreement between the leadership of the hawkers associations and the AMA over the list to be used in the allocation.

The AMA is now dealing directly with the hawkers whose names were originally submitted by the two associations, United Petty Traders Association and the Positive Traders Association.
To facilitate the process, the AMA has been publishing the original list submitted by executives of the associations in the newspapers and insisted on the use of voters' identity card as the only authentic means of identifying and allocating stall and spaces.

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