Onion Trucks Banned From Agbogbloshie Market Ahead Of Traders’ Relocation
The government has insisted that all trucks that intend to cart onions to the Agbogbloshie market in Accra will be stopped at Amasaman in the Ga West Municipality. This measure is in place ahead of plans to relocate all the onion traders from the Agbogbloshie market to the Adjen Kotoku by Thursday in a bid to decongest the city.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey, made the announcement during a grand stakeholders’ durbar at Adjen Kotoku on Monday, June 28, 2021. Let me also put on record that from this evening (Monday), all onion trucks will be blocked at Amasaman. They will not enter the Agbogbloshie market from today.
Meanwhile, the government has also presented an amount of GHS 500,000 to various trader unions to help them cart their goods to Adjen Kotoku in the Ga West Municipality and according to the government, GHS 300,000 will be allocated to the onion sellers, with the remaining amount shared amongst other traders in the
business enclave. Government is making available GHS 500,000. I want to reiterate that it is for transportation to Adjen Kotoku. Let me also put on record that from this evening, the Minister said. The government issued a seven-week ultimatum to onion traders in Accra to relocate from Agbogbloshie to Adjen Kotoku. The new
market was established at Adjen Kotoku over a decade ago in a bid to decongest the central business district. That market, however, also remains abandoned. Henry Quartey has also said his outfit will also demolish the Agbogbloshie Onion market on the July 1, 2021.
Agbogbloshie onion sellers beg minister
As the deadline, July 1, 2021, however, draws closer, some onion traders have appealed to the government for more time to adequately prepare for the move. It is unfair for the Minister to give us such short notice to relocate. We pleaded with him for more time, but he did not heed to it. Besides, the stalls also that have been
provided are not good enough for selling onions. We have not said that we’ll not move; we are only begging for more time to put things together, a trader also said. Another trader also said 1st July is a few days away, we won’t be ready by then. We are also pleading with the Regional Minister to give us some more time.