A few traders at the Kejetia Market in Kumasi are securing their shops over high cost of power.
Individual retailers as of now pay somewhere in the range of GHS500 and GHS2,500 month to month as cost of power, following last year’s increase in utility tariffs.
Chairman of Federation of Kumasi Traders, Nana Akwasi Prempeh, says the recently-announced tariff adjustment will deepen the woes of traders.
Traders at Kejetia market beyond three years have been fighting with the executives and the leading body of the market for independent power meters.
The traders share a solitary metering framework for their business exercises.
They say the shortfall of independent meters has been a weight on their organizations.
Chairman of the Federation of Kumasi Traders, Nana Akwasi Prempeh, says traders who can’t manage the cost of power flow have secured their shops.
The high power bills are making us close our shops. However, assuming that we had our singular meters, we can deal with the power credits we purchase each month. Out of the 7,203 shops, we are undeniably snared to one meter.
At the canteen area, some are paying more than 2,500 cedis, 1,700 cedis, 1,200 cedis per month. At the point when they compute and acknowledge they are running at a lost, they close the shop,he made sense of.
Before the upward adjustment of utility tariffs last year, the traders were charged around 380,000 cedis month to month, which shot up to more than 500,000 cedis.
They portrayed the circumstance as terrible and requested separate meters.
“We the traders will pay for the expense of the meters, we have composed a few letters to the executives, board, ECG and local government, we are making a passionate appeal to the local government for independent meters right away,” Nana Prempeh pursued.
The operations manager for the Kejetia Traders Association, Ahmed Kwarteng, said the board chair of the facility,Samuel Pyne, has vowed to begin the different meter project before the current month’s ends.
He says the inclination to close shops will defeat the purpose of the market.
We had sessions of meetings with the Kumasi Mayor , Sam Pyne. He has guaranteed us each shop will be given a meter before January ends.We are trusting he does.
Should he fail to do that,we will go to the Energy Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh,he said.