Kejetia traders demand electricity meters, accuse management of feet dragging
Traders at the Kejetia market in the Ashanti regional capital are angry at their management for ignoring their calls for separate meters for the various shops in the market.
Currently, the entire market uses one meter. Leaders of the traders’ union subdivide the bills amongst members and ensure collection.
The General Secretary for all trade unions at Kejetia and Central markets in Kumasi; Mr. Reuben Kofi Amey in an interaction with rawgist.com’s Bernard Buachi stated that they are fed up with the feet dragging of the management of the market.
He said although the traders have gone ahead to do all the consultations and duly selected a company from various bids to supply the meters, management of the market have refused to sign the contract. He says they have been at it for close to two years now.
He said the absence of individual meters is a major problem for the traders in the market but said he was appalled at the lackluster attitude of management towards this matter. He said the power at the market keeps going off without any good explanation; a situation they believe has to do with the meter.
Mr. Kofi Amey told rawgist.com that until the contract is signed, the traders union will not share the bills amongst members for settlement.
Managing Director of the market; Mr. Edmund Kofi Duffour Addae stated that the contract for the electricity meter had some legal issues which needed to be rectified. “The major thing was that the entity that was awarded the contract later introduced a partner which it didn’t notify us of in the beginning so we were compelled to go back and make a few changes and if possible incorporate the partner into the contract and then once that is done and accepted, we can sign” he said and added that they are currently working on getting the contract signed.
He said management is not opposed to the idea of having meters for individual shops and added that the board has indeed agreed to the idea.
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