Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Takoradi constituency in the Western Region, has met with market vendors and other sellers in Takoradi’s Central Business District (CBD) to give them hope.
The engagement was meant to allow him to get to know the activities of the traders, encourage them in the face of current economic hardships, and reassure them of the government’s commitment to finding solutions to the problems brought on by COVID-19 and the Russian-Ukrainian war.
The Market Circle, the Ghana Private Road Trade Union (GPRTU) Takoradi-Cape Coast Station, as well as market sellers in the Takoradi temporary market, were also visited as part of the engagement.
At many discussions held in various locations, the traders spoke with the MP about their problems; the two most serious ones were theft and their difficulties obtaining small loans from MASLOC for their businesses.
In response to the traders’ concerns, Mr. Darko-Mensah assured them he would keep an eye on the loan situation and ensure that their problems were fixed to get the loans they required to grow their businesses.
He implored them to make sure they paid back the loan promptly so that others may utilize it to grow their businesses.
On moving them from the Jubilee grounds to the new market, the MP informed the market women that the traders at the Jubilee Market would be moved to the new market very soon.
Recognizing the importance of traders to the country’s economic growth, Mr. Darko-Mensah said that the government was concerned for their wellbeing because of their immense economic impact on local assemblies.
He emphasized that market women have an immensely beneficial impact on the socioeconomic development of the communities and beyond because so many people from all walks of life in the country buy the goods from them.
“Thus, the administration is highly concerned about your problems. To assist your business in growing, we’ll see that any market challenges are overcome “He was emphatic.
He pledged to cooperate with the local authorities in resolving the market’s issues as soon as possible.