REPORT ON STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT WITH OCCUPANTS OF KROPO REDEVELOPMENT MARKET

INTRODUCTION

The Suame Municipal Assembly through the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) secured funding from World Bank under the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme (GSCCP) and used part of the funds to redevelop Kropo Market into modern market.

The project which started in the year 2020 is nearing completion with One Hundred and Forty-Two (142) stores at various sides of the market as well as Sixty-Five (65) stalls ready to be allocated to the occupants of the market at various prices.

The project also houses a Police Post, First Aid Block and toilet facilities.

DIGNITARIES OF THE ASSEMBLY & MEMBERS OF KROPO REDEVELOPMENT MARKET

The Municipal Chief Executive – Hon. Maxwell Ofosu Boakye, Municipal Co-ordinating Director – Mr. Johnson Nyarko, Municipal Works Engineer – Mr. Emmanuel Effah Yeboah, Presiding Member – Hon. Kofi Boakye Ansah, Assembly Member for New Suame Kotoko – Hon Eric Owusu Ansah together with members of the Kropo Redevelopment Market Committee met all the occupants of the stores/stalls on Thursday, 19th October, 2023 at the Car Park of Suame Municipal Assembly.

PARTICIPANTS

A total of One Hundred and Nineteen (119) persons attended the meeting comprising of Ninety-Three (93) females and Twenty-Six (26) males.

REMARKS BY THE ASSEMBLYMAN FOR NEW SUAME KOTOKO

As part of the engagement, Hon. Eric Owusu Ansah welcomed occupants of Kropo Redevelopment and apologized for the delay in starting the meeting. He then took the occupants through the prices of the various stores/stalls built by the Assembly and cautioned members against selling the stores to outsiders’ or forfeit their ownership. He also urged the occupants to comply with the directives strictly as stipulated in the tenancy agreement to them.

The prices for the lockable stores ranges from GH₵ 15,000.00 to GH₵ 50,000.00 whiles the open sheds go for GH₵ 5,000.00 each.

REMARKS BY THE MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE

On his part, the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Maxwell Ofosu Boakye expressed his appreciation to the occupants for their patience for the past two (2) years to make way for the redevelopment of the market. He informed them that the stores will be given to them for a goodwill for five (5) years after which they are expected to pay rent on them. He added that a five (5) month duration commencing November, 2023 to March, 2024 would be given to make payment for the stores/stalls. He therefore advised the owners to contact the Assemblyman for New Suame Kotoko for the account details before payment is made and a copy of the pay in slip brought to the Municipal Finance Officer at the Assembly for compilation.

He, however added that after the expiration of the duration period, the stores/stalls will be sold out to other persons who are ready to pay for them. Again, persons who have made partial payments after the duration period will forfeit the ownership of the stores/stalls and their monies refunded to them and given to persons ready to fully pay for them.

OPEN FORUM

The Occupants were given the opportunity to express their views and they commended the Assembly for considering their plight in coming out with the prices for the stores/stalls. Their questions centered on increasing the duration for the payment for the stores/stalls, reduction in the prices for the stores/stalls and promotion of trade at the market.

The Municipal Chief Executive took time to explain to the occupants that comparatively the prices for the stores/stalls is the lowest within the Greater Kumasi Assemblies and the duration given is reasonable since the inception of the project occupants were informed that monies would be paid for them. He ended his submission by pledging his commitment to ensure that trading at the market would be promoted to generate the needed revenue for both the owners and the Assembly.

CONCLUSION

In the nutshell, there was a fruitful deliberation with the occupants of the market and payment had since commenced for the stores/stalls.

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