Supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have come together to reconstruct Agbogbloshie Market, following its demolition recently.
The two groups, who hitherto were fierce rivals and usually took up arms to chase each other when there’s a change of government, have now buried their differences as they work to rebuild their businesses.
Online news portal, Dominance News Ghana is reporting that they have secured 50 acres of land at a new site called ‘Chichamanti’ in the Greater Accra region to reconstruct the Agbogbloshie Market there.
Assistant Secretary of the Scrap Dealers Association, Salifu Salim told the portal the association had to get the land using its own resources, after the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey alleged failed to fulfill a promise he made to the association to secure some lands for its members.
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The Scrap Dealers association has set up a reconciliation committee to heal the wounds of its members after years of fighting which has led to the loss of lives and properties.
“Me, I am calling on all our friends in NDC who fled the market because their party lost the elections to come back. We are one and must not allow politics to continue to destroy us. I want to assure them that I have nothing in my heart against them. I will also make sure that their properties are given back to them”, the online portal quotes one Bro Yaw, Chairman of the Reconciliation Committee as saying.
The Reconciliation Chairman, who is also the Leader of the NPP side believes if this is done appropriately, it will prevent reoccurrence of such attitude of snatching people’s properties, anytime there is a change of government in Ghana.
The old Agbogbloshie Market was pulled down in July to pave way for the development of the area, which was located at Old Fadama in the center of the capital city of the country.
The market was made up of mostly the scrap dealers, yam and onion sellers.The onion and yam market has now been to a new site at Adjen Kotoku in the Ga West municipality in the Greater Accra Region.
Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus I Justicefmonline |Tamale