Nana Akufo-Addo


The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has made a passionate appeal to the relevant authorities to come up with innovative plans for the construction of modern markets that will make it difficult for the recurrenceof market fires.

Nana Akufo-Addo explained that the Ghana Institution of Engineers, the Ghana Institution of Architects, the Architectural Engineering Services Limited (AESL) and the Ghana National Fire Service ought to come together in designing the markets in order to prevent such outbreaks which had caused damage to property and lives and led to loss of livelihoods of many entrepreneurs in these markets over the years.
?There have been too many fire outbreaks in our markets lately, and it is high time we took serious steps to bring the situation under control,?? Nana Akufo-Addo emphasised.

In a statement to express his deepest condolences to the victims of Sunday morning?s fire outbreak at the
Kantamanto Market, Nana Akufo-Addo consoled the victims of the Kantamanto fire disaster on the loss of their wares running into millions of cedis.

He described the fire outbreak ?as a very sad day in the history of Ghana? and stressed the need for the relevant authorities to put in place quickly the necessary measures to forestall the occurrence of such disasters.

According to Nana Akufo-Addo, statistics from the Ghana National Fire Service indicated that barely two weeks into 2013 the country recorded 265 fire disasters, including the recent one that occured at the Kumasi Central Market.

He called for immediate steps to arrest the problem, adding that this ?calls for a standardised strategic plan in designing markets in the country to prevent the incessant fire outbreaks.?

He said aside the major role entrepreneurs in such commercial markets played in the growth of the economy of the country, they were also the major breadwinners of their various families and that when such disasters occurred, they tended to have serious repercussions on both the economy and families.

Source: Daily Graphic


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