Criminals and Wee Smokers in and around the Kumasi metropolis, have found a safe haven at the abandoned Krofrom market and are terrorizing residents and market women around the area.
The Krofrom market project was started by the former President Kuffour’s administration in the year 2008.
The new Krofrom market when completed would have 2,300 stalls and 2,800 shop and other supporting facilities such as police post and fire station.
The market project was awarded to eight (8) contractors and was to be completed within eight (8) months.
Abusua FM’s Osei Kwadwo who visited the market reported that the market has become a comfortable place for criminals and Wee Smokers terrorizing residents.
Chairman for Transparency Transport Union Association Mr. Osei Kwadwo the stalled Krofrom market is affecting business activities in the area making drivers and traders operating on road shoulders and unauthorized places.
“The authorities told us to move from the old Krofrom Market to pave way for the new Krofrom market and come back within 8 months. The market has been abandoned for almost 9 years. How can we survive when we don’t have convenient place to operate” he said.
Mr. Osei Kwadwo however urged government and the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to put measures in place to complete the project within this year.
However speaking to the Assembly Member for CPC Electoral Area, Hon Kwaku Appiah expressed worry about the condition of the Krofrom market.
According to the Assembly member, the market which has been abandoned is affecting the assembly Internally Generated Fund (IGF).
He added that “We have received assurances from authorities that the market will be completed very soon. The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), is sourcing funding from the private sector to complete the market”.