The Tsopoli market in the Ningo-Prampram District has been officially, commissioned for commercial activities. The agenda to construct this market, commenced twenty years ago under the erstwhile Dangme West. The District Assembly worked assiduously to bring this desire into fruition.
The District Chief Executive (DCE), Hon. Al-Latiff Tetteh Amanor, in his address thanked the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo for supporting this industrialisation agenda. He revealed that it has been his uttermost desire to operationalize this market since his assumption of office. He, together with the traditional rulers, cut the tape to open the market, officially.
Hon. Al-Latiff encouragingly, urged the market women to bring their wares to the market everyday even though Wednesday and Saturdays have been selected as the main Tsopoli market days. He also tasked those selling under the market shed to use them regularly, else, all vacant sheds would be re-assigned to interested persons.
He was optimistic that the Tsopoli market would transform into other developed sister markets such as the Kasseh and Ashiaman markets through vigorous market activities. He cited the Ningo market as one of the smaller markets with numerous challenges, that has metamorphosed into a giant market in the District.
Introducing the market executives to the gathering, he charged them to liaise with the Ningo market queen on how to address market challenges, disagreements and general transformation of the market. He revealed that he can peacefully and boldly appear before the Public Accounts Committee for operationalizing this market,
The Queen Mother of the Ningo Traditional Council, Naana Dugbakour Dugba II encouraged the market women to make maximum use of the market, irrespective of the quantum of their wares. She believes the market would bring goodwill to the people. She called for peace and unity among the people and invited them to come to her with their challenges as well as for well-meaning advice. Alternatively, the traders can channel their challenges to the market committee of the Ningo Traditional Council of which she is a member.
The chairman for the programme, Nene Manor Wohoyefe Simpi paid glowing tributes to the Assembly for operationalizing the market. He believes that the booming economic activities would advertise the community significantly. He is expecting a rapid growth of the market through competitive marketing.
The assembly member of the electoral area, Hon. Blessing Addico was grateful for the market as a lot of people would troop into the town for economic activity. He acknowledged all those who assisted in diverse ways to make the market a reality. These are the management of the District Assembly, some Assembly members, traditional leaders, the clergy and churches and the Imam of the community.
He noted with concern a few challenges with the market. These are the non-availability of toilets and urinals, streetlights and warehouses for storage of wares. He was comforted that the District Assembly had acknowledged these challenges and is optimistic that it would be addressed shortly.
The brief ceremony brought together distinguished traditional rulers in the community, Hon. Assembly Members, district assembly staff, traders and the community members. The traders occupied the market space to commence trading activities.