‘Until management signs the contract, we won’t pay any bill’ –Kejetia Traders

Kejetia Traders Assoc. say until the management signs a contract to procure separate meters, the traders won’t pay any electricity bill.
Kejetia traders clad in red head bands.

The Secretary of Kejetia Traders Association, Reuben Ameh has stated that until the management of the Kejetia market facility signs a contract to procure separate meters, the traders won’t pay any electricity bill.

“Our position is that sign the contract today, tomorrow we will sit with you and share the bills and pay. Yes, sign the contract and we will pay.”

Activities at one of Ghana’s biggest trading centers; the new Kejetia market, came to a standstill after the management of the facility disconnected electricity supply to over 7,000 shops on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

This development came after weeks of unresolved disagreements between the traders and the management over the payment of electricity bills.

In an interview on the Orange Sunrise with host, Alfa Ali on Thursday, October 14, 2021, Mr. Ameh revealed that power has been restored at the New Kejetia Market although the traders haven’t paid the debts owed ECG.

Frank Antwi, the Chairman of the Concerned Central Market Traders Association, said the traders were frustrated with the lack of progress.

“For almost a year now, we’ve not had any response, so we decided to stop paying our service charges to signal to the leadership to bring the meters to us,” he explained.

Reacting to the issue, management of the Kumasi City market, popularly known as the new Kejetia market, said plans are in place to address the concerns.

The Managing Director of the facility, Kofi Duffour, is however appealing to the traders to rescind their decision not to pay the bills as the market risks shutting down if there is no money to run it.

Also speaking on the Orange Sunrise on Thursday, October 14, 2021, Mr Duffour assured that the board will meet to approve a contract for new meters.

“In principle, the board has agreed. It is a matter of doing some due diligence and getting information and understanding from the ECG.”

“Bills up to the end of April which have been outstanding are a little over GH¢700,000 and from May to the end of September, it is about GH¢55.7 million. That is huge, and we have been paying for this for a while, but we can’t pay any longer,” Mr. Addae said.

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