Monday, February 22, 2010


THE Member of Parliament (MP) for Subin, Mr Isaac Osei, has stressed the need for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to make difficult choices in its quest to redevelop the Kumasi Central Market.
He said, for instance, that it might be difficult asking the numerous traders in the market to relocate to pave the way for reconstruction of the market, “but there is no choice for the KMA in the situation it finds itself.”
“There are times you have to take the political risk and make choices that will have lasting benefits,” he said.
Mr Osei, who stated this after inspecting the burnt portions of the market, said proper planning was the surest way of solving the perennial fire outbreak in the market.
The Kumasi Central Market falls in the Subin Constituency, and the MP used the opportunity to console the victims.
He noted that the move by KMA to take interim measures to reconstruct the burnt portions of the market could be problematic, as the victims had already started rebuilding their stores and stalls on their own.
The MP stated that after the fire outbreak in the market last year, he made a statement in Parliament on the need for the nation to take holistic view about market development.
Mr Osei hinted that he would remind Parliament of the need to pursue the issue to ensure sanity in the system.
He informed the victims, most of whom were women, to operate within the bye-laws of the KMA.
He promised to meet the KMA Chief Executive, Mr Samuel Sarpong, to find out how the victims could be supported to assuage their predicament.
He told the people that the MPs Common Fund was not enough to address their problems, but expressed hope that something useful would come out of the meeting with the KMA Chief Executive.
“All the people who lost property here are Ghanaians, and I think as a nation, we have to look at their predicament,” he said.

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