In its bid to step up revenue, the Agona West Municipal Assembly, has decided to run its newly completed “Mandela Market” on daily basis instead of twice a week.
It took the decision following revenue data gathered on the new market and the central market at the Agona Swedru main lorry park.
Mr Isaac Tettey, Agona West Municipal Economic Planning Officer, made this known to the Ghana News Agency in an interview after he officially handed over the market to the market queens at Agona Swedru on Friday.
He said the market would also help to prevent risks some market women went through by displaying their wares close to road.
The Economic Planning Officer said the new market provides also an opportunity to other traders to handle with perishable goods well.
Mr Tettey said it has other facilities such as meat factory, ware house, day centre, two water closets toilet facility, fire and police posts, information centre and car park.
The Social Investment Fund (SIF) paid 75 per cent cost of the market whilst the Agona West Municipal Assembly paid rest 25 per cent.
The project was under the Urban Poverty Reduction Programme (URPR) being sponsored by the African Development Bank (AFDB). SIF is the implemented agency.
Nana Ogyabea Badu Ehuren, Chairman of the Market Distribution Committee, urged the market women, who had paid their monies for lockable stores, to help the Assembly to distribute them in a fairly manner to avoid trouble.
Nana Ehuren, who is also the Sanaahene of Swedru Council of Chiefs, cautioned that the Assembly not to allow any body to put up temporal structures in the front view of the market.
He said the Assembly would demolish all temporal structures and the site used to develop Lorry Park to generate extra revenue. GNA