Traders at Kumasi’s Kejetia Market are at odds with the facility’s administration over the payment of electricity bills.
Some dealers retaliated by barring market administration workers from visiting their offices after their stalls were locked up due to non-payment of bills.
Tuesday morning, the management of the New Kejetia Market closed up shops of sellers who owed electrical bills.
The City Market Company’s management was besieged by the affected traders, who locked out the personnel.
Many of the traders complained about excessive electrical bills, which prevented them from paying.
Despite the fact that some of their stores have been closed, they are obligated to pay their debts.
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“I have never sold anything for more than a thousand cedis in a single day. I could sell stuff worth 1,500 cedis before I moved to this market. Things aren’t going so great at the moment. Why do you lock our shops if we can’t pay our bills? She interrogated.
A centralized power meter is used at the New Kejetia Market.
The City Market Management has yet to receive separate meters for each stand despite multiple petitions to the Ghanaian Electricity Company.
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As a result, the traders’ leadership has ordered that no electricity bills be paid until the problem is resolved.
The market’s management, on the other hand, locked up shops that were behind on their payments.
The traders protested by barricading the Kejetia Market’s administration area.
The traders drove the Market’s Managing Director, Edmund Kofi Duffour Addae, and some employees out of their offices.
Traders’ union leaders have vowed to close their stores until the market officials open them.
They contend that the authorities have no authority to close their businesses.
The Chairman of the Kejetia Traders Association is Eric Nana Prempeh:
“Management does not have the authority to close any store. Our light has not been turned off by Ghana’s Electricity Company. Why are our stores being locked by the market management? We owe them nothing! The ECG is owed to us.
Some dealers are concerned that the situation may have an impact on their business.
“Kumasi has a number of markets. If our shop is closed, our clients would go somewhere else to shop,” he remarked.
“I sell spices,” said another. It’s a perishable item. Customers are currently queuing outside my closed business to purchase spices. I’m scared I’ll lose my clients.
“The market management has let us down. They can’t do this to an Accra trader. Kojo Bonsu, a former mayor of Kumasi, worked hard for market women. We can’t say the same of the current administration.”