Traders in Kejetia, Kumasi, are protesting the Kumasi City Market’s management for limiting the number of metres available for shops within the market.
Some traders have started shutting down their businesses due to what they consider exorbitant electricity costs.
The average monthly electricity bill for a 7.2 square metre market shop with a ceiling fan, television, and two bulbs is reportedly GHc1,200.
One bulk electricity metre is used by the building to bill the market’s power consumption, which houses over 7,000 shops.
The decision to use one bulk metre for more than 7000 shops has caused disputes between the traders and management on a number of occasions.
The traders are thus asking for an explanation as to why the entire market should have been using the same metre for more than 5 years with such high monthly costs.
The President of the Federation of Kumasi Kejetia traders, Nana Kwasi Prempeh, told GHoneTV News that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has imported 10,000 pre-paid metres for installation, but the market board has refused to support the metres’ installation.
Mr. Kwasi Prempeh however demanded an explanation from Kumasi City Market Limited as to why they have resisted ensuring that each shop in the market has its own metre.
The facility owes over five million Ghana cedis in arrears, according to information provided by management of ECG
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The facility’s refusal to pay its arrears, according to ECG, is what has delayed the delivery of the individual metres.
Aggrieved traders have started locking their shops in protest against the market management.
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