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Bolga: No grains will be sold at the new market from January 4, 2022 – Asanga cautions traders

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The MCE for Bolgatanga, Rex Asanga has taken steps to help decongest the Bolgatanga Central Market. Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East, the MCE said the inconveniences posed by the citing of the grain market at the entrance of the market cannot continue.

The MCE said the Assembly through its Decongestion Taskforce will not relent on its mandate to ensure that residents are able to move in and out of the market freely. He said the initial plan was to ensure that trucks that offload grains in the new market relocate their activities to the old market. He said the Assembly has designated some space in the old market for the activities. If implemented properly, Mr. Asanga hoped the move will reduce the human and vehicular traffic at the new market, particularly on market days.

He said initial attempts to implement the plan proved futile because of fierce resistance from the traders at the new market. Mr. Asanga explained that his insistence on the right thing being done was deliberately misconstrued by some of the traders. To end the continuous misunderstanding, the MCE said the Decongestion Task Force has taken a firm decision to prevent the sale of grains in the new market.

Mr. Asanga said from January 4, 2022, all grain sellers would be moved to the old market, thus now grain sellers would be allowed to conduct business at the new market; a decision he believes is fair to all parties involved.

“Nobody will be allowed to sell millet or maize in the new market so there is no discrimination. So far, we have got cooperation. I want to appeal to our sisters and our mother that if they do not cooperate they will be left behind. Nobody will be able to sell grain in the new market from the 4th of January 2022. They can take it from me,” he said.

He said as MCE, the last thing he wants to do is apply force to move the trader but cautioned that should it become necessary, force will be used. Mr. Asanga said for traders at the new market who do not have shops at the old market, the Assemly will give them shops to smoothen the transition.

Meanwhile, Mr. Asanga has opined that the Municipality should not be generating less than 2 million GHC per year in Internally Generated Revenue (IGF). He said he expects that figure because of the many opportunities available to raise the money.

Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East, Mr. Asanga said as MCE, revenue generation is one of the areas he is committed to addressing adding that that birthed the Revenue Mobilisation Taskforce. He said a look at the Assembly finances makes one wonder whether enough revenue is not being collected or rather, revenue collected is dissipated on the blind side of the Assembly.

A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith |Bolgatanga|Ghana

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