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Greater Accra Regional Minister reveals Agbogbloshie onion sellers are spiritually plotting to kill him

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Quartey believes there is a spiritual attack on his life.

According to the Minister, traders at Agbogbloshie want to send him to an early grave because he wants to relocate them.

Speaking in an interview with NET 2 TV, the Minister accused onion traders at Agbogbloshie of hatching a plot to have him killed spiritually over his plan to relocate them to the abandoned Adjin Kotoku site.

Henry Quartey however said the plot will not stop him from re-locating the traders. He believes so far as God exists, nothing will happen to him.

“Whether they like it or not, we will move them because we have made an alternative arrangement for them. I have heard they have gone to some mallam [spiritualist] to kill me. They are kidding. They should tell the mallam [spiritualist] to return to his hometown because so far as God exists, nothing will happen to Henry Quartey by the grace of God, and by July 1, 2021, we shall move them,” Mr Quartey said.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, last month said he will not relent in his efforts to move traders engaged in “bulk breaking” activities in and around the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra to Adjen Kotoku come 1 July 2021.

He said the chiefs of Adjen Kotoku had promised to provide about ten acres of land to expand the market to accommodate as many traders as possible.

“When you have ten acres of land to sell onions and you are telling me you are not going to move, that is the joke of the century …

“Yesterday, they [traders] came and said they were not moving and I’m told that this morning [Wednesday 26 May] they’ve had a press conference that they will resist it. I await for 1 July because we shall move them. The land doesn’t belong to them, the land is for government and the government has got a purpose for the land.

“We have made an alternative arrangement for them to go and sell and do business and they don’t want to go? This has been going on for over 20 years. This is the time; we shall move them on 1 July.”

Adjen Kotoku Market
Adjen Kotoku Market is a bulk breaking market complex that was started in 2008 and completed in 2011.

It was originally built to accommodate traders in the Agbogbloshie Market to ease congestion in the area.

The project comprises a free-draining platform for loading and unloading of goods and 95 sectional storage units of approximately 30 metres square each with secure locking facilities.

It also has a senior high school, a health centre and a police station as well as a fire station.

However, since its completion, the market has been abandoned and there has been no government intervention.

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