President Mahama has told traders at the old Kejetia market to resist any fears that after the new market is completed they will be evicted.
Addressing residents and traders at the sod cutting ceremony for the new ultra-modern Kejetia market in Kumasi today, the president told traders that government has directed the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to give priority to the traders who were formerly selling at the old market before any other person.
President Mahama indicated the new market complex will be the most outstanding and largest market in the sub-region.
He said, the market after completion will have double the capacity of traders who formerly sold in the old market and so do not fear because you will still have the opportunity to trade in the market.
The $298 million rehabilitation of the Kumasi Central Market and Kejetia Lorry Terminal project after completion will glorify Kumasi, the president said.
The three-phased project is been constructed by Contrata Engenharia, a Brazilian construction firm.
The market has in recent times suffered many fire outbreaks, resulting in the loss of wares running into millions of Ghana cedis.
The Kejetia Central Market has served as a hub for economic activities for Ghanaians and the sub-region.
President Mahama expressed his gratitude to the Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II for his outstanding role he played in the project.
The president also explained that government will take steps to work on the castle bridge in the region, after the Asantehene spoke with him about its poor nature.
President Mahama was in Kumasi as part of his ‘Changing Lives and Transforming Ghana Campaign’, he is expected to tour the Brong Ahafo Region to inspect some ongoing government projects.