He said traders who are using economic hardship as an excuse to sell at unauthorized places must rethink their decision because persons who break the law will face justice, reports Citinewsroom on Wednesday.
“When we start enforcing the laws, people will be complaining of hardship. If there is hardship, then I will ask that you stop the business and go and sell cocaine for a living,” he added.
Simon Osei Mensah who is worried about the level of indiscipline in the metropolis lamented that the attitude of some residents was affecting the city’s development.
The Minister is unhappy with the refusal of some petty traders to vacate the pavements and footbridges after they were asked to relocate to designated market places to continue with their trade.
According to him, some traders have been defying orders by city authorities in the name of their affiliation to the ruling party.
The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly recently asked all traders selling on pavements and other unauthorized places to relocate to designated markets.
Some of the traders have defied the orders and are back on the pavements to trade.
Mr. Osei Mensah, speaking at an event to re-launch of Keep Kumasi Clean and Green project warned that city authorities would forcefully eject petty traders who sell on pavements at the Suame roundabout and the footbridge at the Central Business District as well as other unauthorized locations.
He indicated that the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Government was not voted into office to allow sympathizers and supporters of the party flout the laws of the country.
He maintained that the pavements and the footbridges meant for commuters and not for trading purposes.