Traders at the Racecourse market are urging the swift completion of phase two of the Kumasi Central Market project and have voiced their dismay at the government’s failure to meet project deadlines.
The Combined Kumasi Central Market Traders Union, a coalition of traders from various groups, is highlighting the challenges hindering trade at the Racecourse market. Leaders from these trader groups have indicated their intention to seek the intervention of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in launching a fundraising campaign to facilitate the project’s completion.
Wearing red bands as a symbol of their discontent, the traders are threatening to vote against the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), citing the government’s perceived neglect of Ashanti Region development.
Emelia Kwofie Asare, Secretary of the Combined Kumasi Central Market Traders Union, asserted to journalists, “Our appeal from a year ago has transformed into a demand. It is our right, and we insist on it. We have observed that the NPP government is not taking our concerns seriously. The continuous misinformation from the government has left us disillusioned. This stronghold of the NPP had our trust and votes for our benefit. Regrettably, the Ashanti region, Kumasi, the central market, and traders of the Kumasi Combined Central Market Union are all disillusioned.”
“As a response, we are taking action to pursue what is in our best interest… We are now reaching out to Otumfuo to champion the revival of the central market. The NPP government, in our view, has neglected the central market. We implore Asantehene to revive it,” she added.