Tamale Market Still an Eyesore
2008-06-13 20:49:19This article has been read 908 times.
Tamale has, for sometime now, been receiving a lot of massive developmental in terms of infrastructure, landscaping and beautification projects, coupled with other business activities.
Within the past four years, a lot of banks, hotels, supermarkets, restaurants and other businesses have sprung up in the city. The metropolis is rated with Kumasi and Accra, as the largest cities in Ghana.
However, despite these major developments taking place in the area, one thing that has eluded the city authorities in their planning is construction of a befitting market centre, to facilitate petty trading. In fact, Tamale is really big and beautiful, but the nature of the market does not befit its status.
The ramshackle or dilapidated Tamale Central Market, situated in the heart of the city, along the Kumasi-Bolgatanga road, is now congested, which is preventing smooth business activities.
The market is currently sitting on a time-bomb, since there are no chances for vehicular and human movement.
When Northern File visited the market, it was realized that in case of any fire outbreak, all traders in the market would become victims.
The situation, according to some of the women, led by one Madam Effua, a garments/clothes seller, was as a result of bad planning and maintenance by the authorities of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TMA).
They complained that even truck-pushers, who assist in conveying their goods, found it extremely difficult to move round the market.
Somewhere last year, the Tamale officers of the Ghana National Fire Service, had it very tough bringing under control a minor fire that hit a small part of the market.
Several promises have been made by the TMA to reconstruct the market, but to no avail.
Northern File can state emphatically that about 95 per cent of shop owners have no insurance cover for their goods, and other properties.
Many of the market men and women, who spoke to this paper, said they always have sleepless nights, since the market, as they know, could catch fire at any point in time.
The sanitation situation was also not the best at all, though the traders are consistently paying sanitation levies.