The Accra Metropolitan Assembly, in collaboration with the police, on Thursday morning embarked on an exercise to ward off hawkers who took over the pavements at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.

Unauthorized structures and settlements around the Kwame Nkrumah interchange at Circle in Accra were also demolished.

Speaking with Kasapa FM, a trader who only gave her name as Faustina said they were upset because they were not given earlier notification about the exercise.

Traders were seen burning tyres in protest of the exercise by the AMA task force.

Scores of hawkers, illegal settlers invaded the pavement since the New Patriotic Party(NPP) took over the reins of power , but the AMA officials say the Interchange needed to be free and organised.

Reports say, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) earlier gave the leadership of various Hawkers Associations whose members  operate along the pedestrian walk ways at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle  interchange, Accra, popularly referred to as “Circle-Dubai”  two weeks ultimatum to return to  the Pedestrian Shopping Mall (PSM) but were adamant.

The exercise is reportedly at the behest of the Accra Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah.