By Zulka/ March 5, 2021.
The Market Chief for the Damongo Traditional Area Chaliwura A.D Kantara said minors who shall be seen operating tricycles in and around Damongo markets will be arrested and fined fifty Ghana cedis (GHC50). The culprits will as well be handed over to the security for prosecution.
Chaliwura Kantara said this on Friday March 5, 2021 on the ” Daybreak (KAREYANCH3) super morning” show with Abdulai Nuhu Zulka on Damongo based Community Radio station, PAD FM 95.1mhz.
On Tuesday 2nd March 2021, PAD FM sited a letter copied to all stakeholders seeking for approval from RCC and West Gonja municipal assembly to implement the action to stop minors from operating the tricycles in both the daily and weekly markets. Damongo currently has two (2) markets. The daily market and the weekly market.
Chaliwura said he has sighted minors operating tricycles and hitting road users in the process causing injuries in the process.
“This act must not continue, we don’t live in a lawless Community whereby children who are below 18 years, are allowed to operate tricycles in the system and do what they want. Anyone caught in the act will be fined GHC50 and handed over to the police for prosecution”.
Chaliwura disclosed that a place has been earmarked for all the tricycles and other vehicles to park during market hours especially, at the Saturday weekly market. The Municipal assembly has taken the issue up and together with with other stakeholders, we are going to stop the lawlessness in Damongo.
The daily Damongo market was established traditionally by the late Yagbonwura Kurabaso. The market existed many years without any recognized women groups to manage the affairs of the market women and also carry across the concerns of the traders to authorities.
” Fortunately for the traders I have formed the first ever recognized Market Women Association. This association is expected to watch over the daily activities of the market and report to the palace of the Chaliwura for necessary action, he stated.
He however said it was very difficult for him to form the association because most of the traders or women he consulted and sold the idea to, declined to lead the women group. To my surprise their major reason were that they didn’t possess witchcraft. They claimed one needed to possess some spiritual powers before they lead market women groups.
I persisted and finally got five (5) bold women who stepped up to lead the traders. It took me six (6) months to do the consultation and finally formed the group. I’m very delighted for this singular act, he added.
He called on all stakeholders to put heads together to help the traditional authorities and security agencies enforce the laws of the land.
Chief Kantara commended the Savannah regional minister designate, Jibreel Muhazu for his good intentions to help fast track the water project and combat the illegal logging and commercial charcoal burning in the region. Saying ‘we must all support him to end this menace ‘.
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