Danger looms: Accra Central congestion worsens!! •Kwame Nkrumah Circle, CBD hardest hit areas • Pedestrian, traders, vehicles compete for spacePosted by On


City authorities in Accra are grappling with the persistent challenge of street hawking and sales on pavements, pedestrian walkways, and median of road at Kwame Nkrumah Circle and the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra.

Despite previous attempts by the assemblies to curb these activities, traders continue to sell wares such as foodstuff, cosmetics, jewelries and foot wears at these undesignat­ed places.

Commuters forced to walk on the streets instead of the pavements. Photo Anita Nyarko- Yirenkyi
Commuters forced to walk on the streets instead of the pavements. Photo Anita Nyarko- Yirenkyi

Besides the evident congestion, their activities also contribute to the destruction of green grass and flowers planted at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and in the CBD, intended for the beautification of the city.

Additionally, the drainage systems in the affected areas are choked due to indiscriminate dumping of rubbish while the activities of the traders are con­tributing to vehicular congestion, particularly in the CBD.

Apart from the traders, truck pushers and ‘loading boys’ are contributing to the congestion and unsanitary conditions in the CBD, especially at their various sleeping places in the city centre.

A journey which should take less than 10 minutes from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to the United Trading Company (UTC) area in the CBD could take more than forty minutes due to traffic congestion.

As a result, pedestrians are forced to navigate the CBD by maneuvering through vehicles.

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