The hawkers swam the traffic intersections
The hawkers swam the traffic intersections
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The menace of street hawking continues to boom in the country as over 1,300 hawkers engage in street business at traffic intersections in Accra.

The numbers keep swelling by the day in spite of the recent job creation interventions by the government.

A Street Hawking Census conducted by ADR Daily in Accra this week recorded a total of 1,333 hawkers at 21 traffic intersections and points in the capital.

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They dangerously compete with vehicles for space
They dangerously compete with vehicles for space

Out of the total number recorded in the headcount, 630 are males and 703 are female, all aged between 15 to 45 years trading in all manner of consumables.

The survey found the street hawkers, who dangerously compete with vehicles for space, to be densely populated in a number of areas including Kwashiman, Dzorwulu, Opebia, Lapaz, Okponglo, Airport and National Theatre intersections, as well as the Accra and Tema motorway end tollbooths.

Sachet/bottled water topped the list of items sold on the streets, recording 209 street hawkers, followed by beverages which are sold by 146 hawkers.

Sachet water tops the list of items sold on the streets
Sachet water tops the list of items sold on the streets

Bread and pastries follow with 92 street hawkers, while clothing items recorded 91 sellers, with 84 hawkers selling fruits, and 82 selling other food items such as kenkey and eggs.

A total of 66 young people were found selling mobile phone credit cards, while 63 each are engaged in the sale of toiletries and car accessories. See full list below.

Most of the street hawkers ADR Daily interacted with indicated that street business was the only option they had to generate income to make a living.

Many of them are either Junior High School and Senior High School graduates or dropouts.

According to some of them, although they had some secondary school education, they have found it difficult securing jobs, especially under the national youth employment modules.

Juliana, a female hawker at the Dzorwulu intersection stated that her reason for hawking on the streets was because she was unable to secure a good job, adding that she did not have any valued skills set to enable her secure a reasonable job.

The hawkers defy the daily risk of being knocked by vehicles
The hawkers defy the daily risk of being knocked by vehicles

Another female hawker said that she took to hawking to pay for her mother’s medical bill, but after the bill was settled, the quest to generate regular income kept her on the street.

Kwakye, a male hawker at the 37 Military Hospital who has been trading on the streets for the past three years, said he took to street hawking because he needed money to pay off a debt.

Three female siblings who sell pastries at Lapaz said they were in that business to support their family. The eldest indicated that it was better than prostitution.

By: Fred Gadese-Mensah/


Census Summary

  Location (Traffic Intersection) Male Female Total
1 Dzorwulu 104 92 196
2 Opebia 50 56 106
3 37 Military Hospital 46 60 106
4 Lapaz 36 77 113
5 Accra Motorway Tollbooth 35 17 52
6 Tema Motorway Tollbooth 22 26 48
7 Abelenkpe 9 13 22
8 Kawu kudi 26 32 58
9 Police Headquarters to Fire Service Headquarters traffic lights 8 18 26
10 National theatre, World Trade Centre intersection 61 28 89
11 Airport Traffic light 19 45 64
12 Labadi Beach Traffic Light 5 14 19
13 Airport Police Station Traffic Light 15 18 33
14 Kwashiman intersection 68 54 122
15 Awoshie intersection 23 19 42
16 Kaneshie First Light 34 48 82
17 Kaneshie Pamprom 12 8 20
18 TV 3/ Jubilee House intersection 7 13 20
19 Nima Police Station 8 9 17
20 Okponglo/UG intersection 23 31 54
21 Standards Authority intersection 19 25 44
  Total 630 703 1,333


Summary of items sold

Item Male Female Total
Sachet/Bottled Water 18 191 209
Beverage 51 92 143
Pastries/bread 32 65 92
Confectionaries (toffees, chocolate) 29 26 55
Iced Cream 42 0 42
Fruits 27 57 84
Other food items (kenkey, eggs,) 17 65 82
Car Accessories and Parts 62 1 63
Toys 21 11 32
Phone Credit Cards 42 24 66
Mobile Phone Accessories 40 10 50
Toiletries 33 30 63
Pets and Accessories 13 0 13
Kitchen Items 20 18 38
Clothing Items 57 34 91
Spectacles, Sun Glasses 34 9 43
Books 17 11 28
Garden Tools 19 0 19
Electrical Appliances 43 1 44
Chemicals 20 0 20
Body Lotions 12 22 33
Beggars 24 17 41


VIAFred Gadese-Mensah
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