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Curfew in Ghana Old Tafo curfew lifted, economic activities to pick up

The Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) on Thursday reviewed the security situation in the town and concluded that there was relative peace and order, the Regional Minister Alexander Ackon said.

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Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon

Economic activities in old Tafo—a town in the Ashani Region— is expected to pick up following the lifting of a crippling curfew imposed on the community after a violent clash between some Zongo youths and the traditional authorities there.

The Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) on Thursday reviewed the security situation in the town and concluded that there was relative peace and order, the Regional Minister Alexander Ackon said.

The curfew, which came into force in February 2016, span from 6am to 6:00am and was reviewed again to 8:00pm to 4:00am following complaint from residents that the curfew is distracting economic activities.

“We expect business to pick up. We also pray that the clashes do not happen again,” a trader who spoke to Citi FM said.

Another trader said he was excited about the lifting of the ban. According to him, the ban was “gravely” affecting business in the town.

Pharmaceutical shops, drinking bars and food vendors and restaurants were the worst affected businesses.

They complained of poor night sales.

And wondering when the curfew would be lifted, some of them contemplated transferring their businesses to neigbouring communities.

Kofi Yeboah, who operated a community pharmacy, told Ghanalive that the pharmacy operated 5pm and 9pm but because of the curfew, he could not operate within climax times.

A drinking spot operator, Nana Prempeh, also complained of poor sales.

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