Floods Hamper Economic And Business Activities At Kejetia Market
More than 300 stores in the Kejetia Market in Kumasi have been flooded in the latest rainstorm to hit Ghana’s second 2nd largest city. The state of the art commercial hub, inaugurated in 2018 is one of the worst affected areas, following two days of intensive rainfall. National Disaster Management Organisation estimates that at
least three people, including a one year old boy, have lost their lives in the incidents. When the media visited the market on the Friday morning, most of the affected stores were closed, leading to a slowdown in business and economic activities. The ultra-modern market also serves as a key trading centre for most sellers and also
buyers across the West African sub-Region and a major source of revenue for the city authorities. Officials of the Kumasi City Markets Limited, and managers of the facility, are currently working around the clock to clear the stagnant water left in the wake of flooding, which had made movement within the premises difficult. Mr
Dufour Addai, the Manager also told the media that the management had convened an emergency meeting to find a remedy to the situation. The facility is the first phase of the Kejetia/Central Market Redevelopment Project, a government initiative, aimed at creating jobs to stimulate economic growth. It is designed to replace
the old open-space central market, which had been plagued by perennial fire outbreaks and flooding too. It comprises more than 8, 000 stores, banking halls, fire and police stations, a car terminal, restaurants, clinic, and crèche, among others. The media gathered that the facility was constructed on the Subin River, a key water
body running through the city. Some affected traders took a swipe at the management for failing to do the right thing and called on the government to institute a committee to assess the structural integrity of the market.