President John Dramani Mahama has commissioned the newly built Kotokuraba Market at Cape Coast in the Central Region. The commissioning which took place on Tuesday 29th November, 2016, coincided with the President’s 58th birthday.
Speaking at the event, Mahama said the market will go a long way to promote economic activities in the region. According to the president, the new facility is a testament to his government’s resolve to improve the country’s infrastructure from roads to new schools and hospitals.
Mahama promised that no form of favoritism will be followed in allocating shops to interested traders in the new market. He made it clear that the initial traders in the old market who were displaced before the construction of the new market will have shops allotted to them first before other interested traders will take the remaining ones (if there are any).
The Chief of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II who was at the ceremony, thanked President Mahama and his team for completing the project, especially while considering the fact that the market area was disorganized until the project was completed.
Rare Features of the Ultra-modern Kotokuraba Market
The new Kotokuraba market boasts many features which are rarely found in other markets in the country. Aside the common feature of being made up of several shops and stores, the market a number of banks, a hospital and a school.
It has an office block and an over 200 capacity car park and CCTV cameras for security purposes. There is also a fire hydrant, public address system, a solar system for emergency lighting, and a generator set.
Moreover, the market has an excellent drainage system, surface and overhead water tanks and walkways to ensure the free movement of traders and customers.
The Kotokuraba market was constructed by the China Railway Construction and Engineering Group and was funded by 1.3 billion dollar loan from the EXIM Bank of China. The market which is the biggest in the Central Region and a major trading centre in the country fulfills Mahama’s promise to the people of the Central Region to replace the old market which used to be a source of worry for traders in Cape Coast.
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