Onion traders abandoned in filth at Adjen Kotoku

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filth at Adjen Kotoku Market
filth at Adjen Kotoku Market
Spining

When onion traders were moved from Agbogbloshie to Adjen-Kotoku, it was with the promise that all efforts would be made to make the new trading location habitable for them.

However, 11 months down the line, the traders feel abandoned in filth and stench, having to ply their trade in insanitary conditions.

Osman Muhammad Sidi, the General Secretary of the Greater Accra Onion Importers Association, told members of the Media Coalition Against Open Defaecation (M-CODe),who were on assessment tour at the market, last Tuesday that the traders felt let down by authorities, who “have not fulfilled the numerous promises” made to them before moving them to the new market.

“We agreed to relocate from Agbogbloshie to this place (Adjin-Kotoku) because the authorities promised they were going to make us comfortable here with all the essential amenities for a modern market, but as we speak, apart from that single four-seater toilet, there is no other washroom,” Sidi told the media.

He said this facility was inadequate toilets for the more than 3000 traders, potters, drivers and other workers in the market, “Many , therefore, resort to open defecation around the market and in the drains all over the place.”

Also, Sidi added that water delivery was another challenge at the market, with a common mechanized borehole pumping water to the market as well as other institutions I Adjin-Kotoku, “so anytime there is shortage of water, it becomes difficult to use the toilet.”

Adjen Kotoku Market
Adjen Kotoku Market
Adjen Kotoku Market
Adjen Kotoku Market
Adjen Kotoku Market
Adjen Kotoku Market
filth at Adjen Kotoku Market
filth at Adjen Kotoku Market
filth at Adjen Kotoku Market
filth at Adjen Kotoku Market
Adjen Kotoku Market
Adjen Kotoku Market

Although there were litter haulage containers sited at the market, the general-secretary told members of M-CODe that the waste trucks did not cart the litter away regularly, leaving the atmosphere saturated with a foul stench of rotten onion mixed with the stench of human excrement .

The concern raised by Sidi about the refuse trucks was initially disputed by Justice Adzenyo, a Zoomlion waste truck driver. But when confronted with the overwhelming evidence, Adzenyo conceded that the performance was not the best, attributing the dislocations in service delivery to logistical constraints, as he was the only person assigned to the market.

Apart from the lack of proper solid and liquid waste management situation in the market, the traders also complained of the government’s failure to fulfill the promise of providing a mosque for use by Muslims in the market.

Francis Ameyibor, Convener of M-CODe, described the situation in the market as appalling, adding that the market was sitting on a sanitation time-bond which could explode in the form of outbreak of sanitation related infections among the traders.

“M-CODE is urging the government not to abandon the onion traders in Adjin-Kotoku, but take steps to deal with the sanitation challenges to prevent any disease outbreaks in the market,” said Ameyibor.

Source: Justice Lee Adoboe (M-CODe/GWJN).

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