The exercise, which started around 0400 hours till 1100 hours, also saw the clearing of prostitutes’ places of abode, near the Ghana Railway bungalows.
The Police led by Chief Superintendent Kwesi Ofori, Operational Commander provided adequate security for the successful completion of the exercise.
Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said: “We are poised to do what is right, and will not tolerate indiscipline in the metropolis to slow down developmental projects.”
He said about 90 per cent of the traders had complied and gone back to occupy their stalls at Odorna and Makola markets.
He said the AMA would soon launch the phase two of the exercise to arrest both sellers and buyers on the streets to bring sanity on the streets.
“The buyers would also be held culpable since they encourage the traders and hawkers to trade on the streets,” he said.
Mr Joseph Okine, the Head of the AMA Taskforce told the GNA that; “I will put my life down to ensure that Accra become cleaner than before.”
He expressed gratitude to the law-abiding traders at Makola, who applauded the AMA for the exercise and assured them that it was not going to be a nine-day-wonder.
Mr Mohammed Mumuni, a member of the Second Hand Cloth Sellers Association told the GNA “we are happy and relieved,” but said if the AMA allowed the traders back onto the streets, he would lead a crusade to compel everyone in the market not to pay the Business Operating Permit, tools and the Ghana Revenue Authority’s taxes.
Nii Lantei Otanka II, the Lante Djan We Mantse, who was delighted about the decongestion exercise said everyone was aware of the sanitation problem and how hazardous it was to people’s health and urged politicians not to interfere.
“People should adopt a positive character towards sanitation to save the AMA from spending so much money to manager waste,” he said.