The market which since time immemorial served not only towns and villages in the Districts but other districts like Kwabre East, Old Tafo municipality and Sekyere South district as well, has been left in a very deplorable state without any move to develop it.
The market reportedly is the main source of income for most women in the surrounding communities and the youth as well as they also engage in all sorts of activities to earn money.
According to the trders, during the raining season, the whole market turns into a "galamsey" field with mud covering the entire market.
Market women do not have any choice than to close, pack their goods and go back home. Perishable goods and water unfriendly goods end up getting destroyed.
Also during the season of sunshine, the market women have to stand in the sun until it "dies" to sell their goods
And what has accounted for this situation, Silver FM's Akwadaa Nyame gathered, has primarily been as a result of the deplorable nature of the markets.
They said, for the past 16 years businesses of traders who are dealing in foodstuff and other assorted items at the Ankaase Market are virtually dying” since the patronage of their commodities was very slow.
However, many of the traders who could not hide their frustration complained that their customers do not come to the market anytime it rains.
That, they explained, was due to the poor state of the market which situation often make foodstuff and other commodities they buy from Kumasi rot in their stores and kiosks.
Some of the traders, as we gathered, were contemplating of committing suicide due to their inability to pay loans they contracted from their banks to embark on their businesses in Ankaase market.
The affected traders who made these known in an interview lamented that the situation was very disturbing as they have been recording losses for the past 16 years.
“Our biggest problem facing us is the bad condition of the market when it rains,” the traders complained.
“We traders who sell along the road also find it difficult to sell our commodities because there is nowhere to stand.
According to them, the gutters near the market also give a bad stench when it rains.
The traders also complained of losses because they have to reduce the prices of their goods just to be able to sell something for the day.
They subsequently appealed to the sector minister to quickly come to their aid by the way of constructing a morden market for them.
Their concern was that traders at the Market who took loans from the banks to trade in foodstuff and other consumable items do not have people to patronise their commodities due to the poor state of the market when it rains in the area.
They indicated that if immediate measures were not taken by government to address the problem, the district's laudable trade and business policies that President Akufo-Addo promised during his campaign to promote would be defeated.
Last modified on Friday, 22 May 2020
Story filed by: Akwadaa Nyame (Silver FM)