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General News Fri, 22 May 2009

Minister orders police to clear hawkers on road

Accra, May 22, GNA - Mr Joe Gidisu, Minister for Roads and Highways on Friday ordered the police to clear the road between Secaps Hotel and Okponglo Junction of all hawkers.

He gave the order after inspecting the road that has been completed and due to be handed over to Ghana Highways Authority for public use on Saturday, May 23.

Trading activities was robust around the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange and the Accra Shopping Mall where several women were seen roasting plantain at the 'lay-bys' while some bookers used part of the road as taxi rank and bus terminal causing serious vehicular congestion and impeding other road users.

Mr Gidisu disturbed by the situation said "this is a nuisance", and asked Assistance Commissioner of Police (ACP) Julius Daniel Avorgah, Commander of MTTU to ensure the order was implemented with immediate effect. ACP Avorgah pledged the commitment of the police to clear the road of the miscreants to minimise congestion. "The police would not spare any hawkers or bookers at unauthorised locations," he said.

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The 4.6 kilometre Tetteh-Quarshie Interchange-Medina road project estimated at GHc28 million is being funded by Government of Ghana and expected to be completed by December 2010.

It has two interchanges at the entrance of University of Ghana and Atomic Junction, three signal intersections at Emmanuel Eye Clinic, Okponglo Junction and IPS Junction.

Source: GNA
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