By Papisdaff Abdullah
A minister in the President Akufo Addo led government has asked petty traders in his region complaining about the hardship in the country to start selling cocaine if they can’t withstand it. The President’s representative in the Ashanti of Ghana, Simon Osei Mensah says, traders in the Kumasi metropolis are using the hardship in the country as an excuse to break the laws and trade at unauthorized places.
He added that traders refusing to move from unauthorized places in the metropolis will be forcefully ejected. Mr. Osei Mensah said he won’t allow the indiscipline of traders to hamper the development of Ashanti region.
Speaking at an event to re-launch the Keep Kumasi Clean and Green project, the Minister said “the indiscipline is too much. I want to use this opportunity to caution traders who are defying orders to vacate from the pavements around the Suame Roundabout. We have previously told them to relocate in a peaceful manner, but if they refuse to relocate, we will eject them forcefully.
“Those traders who are also selling on the footbridge at the CBD must also vacate because the footbridge is not a place for trading activities. We are not interested in collapsing anybody’s business. When we eject them, they will start saying they voted for us to come into power. We have been voted to bring development and not to encourage lawlessness and indiscipline.”
The unhappy minister added “When we start enforcing the laws, people will be complaining of hardship. If there is hardship, then I will ask that you stop the business and go and sell cocaine for a living.”
The Minister’s comments come after Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) recently asked all traders selling on pavements and unauthorized places to relocate to designated markets.
But some of the traders have defied the orders and are back on the pavements to trade.