The Kumasi Mayor Sam Pyne has reaffirmed his commitment to securing traders at the Kejetia Market with separate meters to reduce the costs of paying high electricity bills.
The traders had been kicking against the single metering system at the trading hub which comes with a high electricity cost.
They fear they could be forced to shut down their shops as the recent increment in utility bills could take a toll on their businesses. But the Mayor says a decision has been taken to start the one trader, one-meter initiative soon.
“The Board and Management decided to set up a committee to put the project to tender and a contractor has been found but the decision has to be ratified before actual work commences and we are hopeful by next week the meeting would come off’’, the Mayor told Press1 News’ Michael Ofosu Afriyie.
The mayor noted that the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) was concerned about the metering and electricity situation in the Kejetia Market.
He noted that this informed his decision to start a discussion on how to put the worrying matter to rest by engaging the Board and Management.
The outcome of those deliberations, he noted, culminated in the setting up of the committee to come out with recommendations and a process to choose a contractor to implement the project.
“I believe when the separate or individual meters are fixed it would take away the issue of traders battling with management on the payment of electricity bills and ensure that what they consume is paid for’’, the Mayor stressed.
The Mayor noted that the KMA is to ensure places where trading is done, including the markets, are conducive for people to transact legitimate business.
Hon Pyne also said the Assembly was unrelenting in making the city clean, especially the market arenas in the metropolis.
“We as an Assembly are committed to doing whatever we can to make the Kumasi metropolis clean and conducive for business at all times’’, the Mayor posited.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH