May 25, 2022

EKMA loses at least GHc 3,000 on Jubilee Grounds weekly for use as market

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Alhaji Abubakari Issah, Municipal Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Effia Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly (EKMA), has said the release of Jubilee Grounds to the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) for use as a temporary market following decongestion of the Takoradi Market Circle costs the Assembly at least GHc 3,000 every week.

The arrangement happened when EKMA and the STMA went into a temporary agreement at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to enable the traders to observe the social distancing protocol at the Takoradi Market Circle.

According to the PRO who spoke in an interview with the Ghananest, people who hired the facility on weekends mostly used it for three (3) days, thus from Friday to Sunday at a cost of GHc 500 each day; however, this avenue for revenue generation for the Assembly was no longer in existence.

“It currently costs GHc 500 to rent the facility for a day and mostly, people rent it for three (3) days on a roll. The facility can contain two separate leases on a weekend, now per the current arrangement all these revenues are not coming to the Assembly anymore”, he lamented.

He also added that since the market folks were relocated to the Jubilee Grounds, the STMA has been in charge of all revenue collection from the venue which affects the Assembly’s revenue generation.

However, Alhaji Issah maintained that the Assembly was proud to have supported and collaborated with a partner in development to safeguard the lives of thousands.

EKMA on 25th July 2021 issued a two-week ultimatum to owners of abandoned shops/stores at the Apremdo Market to occupy the facility and commence operations or risk losing it by August 14, 2021.

In a public notice, the Assembly cautioned stakeholders to comply with the directive to avoid the ultimate repercussions as failure to comply with the directive after the two weeks was to result in the retrieval and re-allocation of the stores to those who were ready to do business at the Market.

The shops/stores owners were expected to operate the shops as soon as possible and reported to the revenue office for re-registration while the Assembly advised landlords/ladies/caretakers and business owners who were in arrears of their Property Rates and Business Operating Permit and other obligations both previous and current to do so without delay.

Meanwhile, the traders at the Jubilee Grounds were to be relocated on July 31, 2021, to the new temporary site allotted to them by the STMA at a place popularly known as “Slaughter House”, around the Paa Grant Roundabout to enable EKMA to reclaim the facility to its former use.

However, this arrangement did not see the light of day as work at the aforementioned site was not completed.

When the Ghananest visited the site, filling work was briskly ongoing to pave the way for the relocation of the traders at the Jubilee Grounds to enable EKMA to resume ownership of the place.

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