-Deputy NDC Communications Officer, Fred Agbenyo has called for a new approach to fighting street hawking
-Mr Agbenyo has said the old style of decongestion was not effective because it tackles sellers and leaves buyers unpunished
A Deputy Communications officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Fred Agbenyo, has in a radio discussion monitored by YEN.com.gh, expressed his misgivings about the ongoing decongestion exercise to rid Accra of street hawkers.
The problem of street hawking has proven to be a perennial one as all governments in the 4th Republic have struggled to deal with it.
However, the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has vowed to sustain the current exercise in order to fulfill President Nana Akufo-Addo's promise of making the capital city, the cleanest in West Africa.
But according to Mr Agbenyo, the approach of authorities swooping in to demolish and clear the wares of street hawkers has been used over the years with no success and must therefore be changed.
Proferring his solutions to the problem, Mr Agbenyo stated that the traders are encouraged by the fact that their wares are patronised on the street so it was about time the buyers are also dealt with.
"If they [hawkers] come and nobody buys from them, they will have no choice than go back into the markets but they get patronage. We must find a way of punishing those who buy on the pavements", YEN.com.gh heard him saying on Peace FM's Kokrokoo on Tuesday.
The Deputy NDC Communication Officer also pointed out that if governments were really bent on rooting out the problem, they should stop collecting levies (taxes) from the hawkers as such moves embolden them.
"How can you come and give me tax tickets for what I'm selling and turn around to tell me to eject me for doing something wrong?" he wondered.
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