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General News Tue, 2 Sep 1997

Member Of Parliament For Takoradi Dispels Rumours Of Instigating Market Women To Boycott Trade At Apremdo Market.

Takoradi, Aug 26, -- Mrs Gladys Asmah, Member of Parliament for Takoradi, today denied allegations that she has been instigating market women not to trade at the new Apremdo market near Takoradi. The denial was contained in a press statement following allegations by some market women that the MP has asked them not to trade at the market. Mrs Asmah, who is deputy minority leader, said the market is being built because she insisted on an alternative place for traders around the Takoradi market when they were being ejected by the Shama- Ahanta East Metropolitan Assembly in December 1996. She said what she has been fighting for is that the market should have toilet facilities and water because it is not rpt not proper to create a market without those facilities. Mrs Asmah said, without toilet facilities, the women would have to defecate in the bushes around the market and sit at the other side of the same market to sell their wares including cooked food. ''But if the assembly, which is responsible for the hygienic conditions of our metropolis and which sometimes arrests offenders, feels that there is nothing wrong with a market that has no toilet or water, then the onus is on it,'' she said. She pointed out that a market that has been created in Accra has a day nursery, a clinic, bank, showers and flush toilets.

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