Typical scene of protesting Ghanaians
A section of traders and shop owners at Akateng , in the Upper Manya Krobo district of the Eastern region have vehemently protested against the Assembly member of the area for his alleged dealings in the sale of petroleum products at the Akateng market.
Mr. George Agbadam, the assemblyman, has been accused of operating a ‘filling station business’ in one of the store rooms at the market and sells pre-mix fuel, diesel, petrol and engine oil, to both commercial drivers and fishermen who use outboard motors in their operations on the Volta Lake.
This practice, the traders said, was posing a grave danger not only to their businesses but their lives as well are at risk as the exercise can spark a fire outbreak any moment particularly.
One of them who did not want his name to be mentioned told the Times that, Mr. Agbedam had been perpetrating the trade for over two years now and all attempts to persuade him to relocate his business have been unsuccessful.
”Several stores could be affected in an event of a fire outbreak” the source said, and mentioned some of them as; a chemical selling shop, a banking agency, an office for the Environment and Sanitation among others.
The source which recounted a recent fire outbreak in the community late last year, noted that Mr. Agbadam operated the lucrative business undercover through his attendant
Reacting to the allegations, Mr. Agbedam denied having anything to do with the sale of petroleum products in the market, rather, he noted that, private people were those engaged in the venture and for that matter was using his outfit as the assemblyman to relocate them.
He further said that the only store he had at the market was being used by his wife to sell plastic products and cosmetics.
Meanwhile the Times gathered that the matter had been forwarded to the District Chief Executive, Joseph Angmor Tetteh for immediate solution.