Some traders in the University of Ghana Community who engage in the sale of items such as bread, fruits, eggs and soft drinks among others not within a well-structured container or designated market had their goods impounded by the University of Ghana security task force on Wednesday evening December 19th at about 8:15pm.
The exercise saw the Security patrol seize the items of the traders and offloaded them into a pickup vehicle.
UniversNews understands that the affected traders, stationed at the Central Cafeteria opposite the Mensah Sarbah Main Hall, had been severally advised and cautioned to desist from engaging in selling to students.
An affected fruit vendor popularly known as Obaaya narrated her ordeal to UniversNews
“I was peeling oranges when we saw they arrived but we agreed to mount the products after their departure. We then saw their head pick our goods from the hiding place.” she said
She also added that “the leaders should grant them a place and they will be willing to collaboratively give them an amount at the end of the period”
Some buyers present students present at the scene shared their displeasure with how the security team confiscated the items of the traders and were irritated particular on why a bread vendor who had not yet started selling but had the goods in the vehicle seized.
“The woman who sells the bread and egg had her stuff in the taxi but they went for it even though she hasn’t set up. To be honest this is not the best, they should get them a place for them to sit and sell” an observer shared.
Other students opined that the daily journey to the night market to buy food was tiring thus the traders should be maintained despites complaints by traders at the night market over these unauthorized vendors.
“There are a lot of people who sell around during the day but they’ve not done anything to them but I don’t understand why those who sell at night have their things picked up. I think the night market people are also complaining about the fact that they sell here but for us we think that its best for them to sell here without any tent then after selling they pick their stuff and go back.”
Several customers particularly students are calling on management to assist these traders set up on campus in other to shorten the sort of distance they travel in purchasing their consumables.
Currently all goods seized are in the confinement of the security team and affected traders are expected to report to the head of security for clearance and other penalty chargers.
Story by: Yohaness Awunyo Kofi Kuvor/Universnewsroom