A joint taskforce operations from Ghana Police Service, National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) and security guards from Ga North Municipal Assembly have cleared all traders selling on the newly commissioned Pokuase Interchange.
The operation was in response to public outcry that petty traders have converted the pavements of the newly constructed road into market.
The presence of the police was merely to direct drivers from stopping at an unauthorized locations and ward off recalcitrant drivers.
The security guards also ensured that petty traders moved from the pavements to the market while the NRSA also educated road users on the need to use the footbridge to ensure their safety.
Speaking to the Republic Newspaper, the Greater Accra Planning Manager of NRSA, Mr Felix Owusu said the Authority is at the new edifice to ensure strict compliance to all the road safety protocols.
Mr Owusu said “we are here to educate pedestrians and those crossing the road to use the footbridge for their own safety.”
“We are with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department from the Ghana Police Service and some officials from the Ga North Assembly to ensure that we secure the place and maintain discipline,” he stated.
He said one of the reasons why “we organised this operation is to reduce road crashes on the interchange and sensitized drivers to adhere to the road signs.”
He called on all road users especially pedestrians and motorists to obey the rules regarding road safety and to help maintain the beauty of the edifice.
Some drivers who spoke to the paper indicates that the road signs inscripted at the interchange giving direction are not quite visible and so some drivers end up taken the wrong turn.
They appealed to the authority and the contractor to make these road signs bold and visible to ensure drivers plying on the interchange locate their way.
A petty trader, Mrs Juliana Annan said their livelihood has been taken away from them because authorities have sacked them from selling near the interchange.