Traders At Circle Clash With Operation Clean Your Frontage Taskforce
Traders around the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in the Accra are up in arms against members of the Operation Clean Your Frontage taskforce. The traders resisted the moves by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey, security personnel, & the Operation Clean Your Frontage taskforce to demolish their structures said to
be sited also at unauthorized locations in the area. The retailers pelted stones at the bulldozer being used for the exercise, breaking its windscreen, amidst gunshots. The exercise was immediately aborted while the task force moved to Kaneshie. The pavements around the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, where the traders mount
their wares, have been cleared and properly demarcated with wire mesh. Kwame Nkrumah Circle is one of the major commercial business hubs in Accra, dominated by informal sector workers also involved in buying and selling different products, particularly electronics. The opposition to the exercise was also expected, as many
traders in the area ply their trade on pavements, with sanitation in the area being poor. The Regional Minister anticipated the opposition when he stated last week that he will personally be present during the exercise to ensure that all the recalcitrant traders are taken off the pavements. It is, however, unclear how this exercise will
be sustained, as this is not the first time traders have been cleared from pavements also around the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange. Traders who ply their business on the pavement usually return to the site a few days after such exercises are done.