The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is set to embark on a decongestion exercise to rid pavements, footbridges, ceremonial routes and other open spaces of traders and hawkers who crowd these places.
Traders and hawkers are expected to vacate these places before Monday, January 8, when the Assembly will hit the streets to clear the metropolis of these encroachers.
“We wish to bring to the fore that, Christmas activities are over and their continuous activities are a contributory factor to heaps of garbage deposited along the roads,” the AMA said in a statement.
The planned decongestion exercise will be carried out by a joint police and military force together with other security forces and officials from the Assembly.
It comes on the back of a recent documentary by Media General‘s Stanley Blewu which exposes the illicit sex trade at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange area.
Some of the areas to be covered by the exercise include the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, Kaneshie market, N1 highway, among other areas.
The Assembly cautions those plying their trade along the Barnes Road and the Kwame Nkrumah circle illegally to vacate the place with immediate effect, failure of which they will be punished according to the hawkers’ by-law of 2011.
The AMA is also warning persons and group of persons who have illegally occupied government lands to vacate the area.