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13.08.2009 Regional News

Makeshift market booming on Lapaz Motorway

By Naa Norley - Ghanaian Chronicle
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Brisk business is currently ongoing on the shoulders of the main Tetteh Quarshie-Lapaz-Mallam highway despite, notices to quit the area for the expansion of the highway have been served and advertised for the past year.

The situation was even more alarming at Lapaz, as hawkers have turned the pavements and road medians into market places, risking their lives and sometimes that of children.

A visit with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr. Alfred Vanderpujie, revealed that the sale of used clothes, household items, electronic equipment, vegetables, and fish, was marring the beauty of the area.

The presence of these hawkers, according to the CEO, was hampering the progress of work on the highway, and lamented that the dual carriage was to be commissioned in two years.

Mr. Vanderpujie expressed worry about the state of the Lapaz area, and charged the assembly's metropolitan works department to move into action, and demolish unauthorised structures in the area.

Traders operating in metal containers have given two weeks ultimatum to relocate before the assembly's task force moves into action.

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