The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) have met to provide strategic plans to reconstruct the Katamanto market that got burnt by fire over the weekend.

Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije
Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije

Addressing a news conference in Accra, the Mayor, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije indicated that the government is in the position to show its commitment through MASLOC to make funds available to all traders who were affected by the disaster.

In addition, he stated that whiles the gutted market is awaiting reconstruction, the Tuesday market and the Odawna market have been made available to receive the Katamanto traders.

The Mayor, assured the traders that measures are being instituted to expedite the construction of an ultra-modern market facility for them adding that those who were already in the place will have the opportunity to occupy the market after its construction.

According to him, the vice president, Amissah-Arthur has instructed the interior minister to set up a committee to investigate the course of the fire outbreak and suggest a way forward.

Meanwhile, the Greater Accra Regional minister, Hon. Julius Debrah urged the media to play important roles in the reconstruction of the market by giving good reportage that would calm the nerves of the sad traders.

The deputy minister for trade and industries who is also the Member of Parliament for the Odododiodoo constituency, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye cautioned that the incidence of fire outbreak should not be politicized because he believes that those selling in the market are in almost all the political parties in the Ghana, and they all suffered the tragedy.

He advised that the ultra-modern market that would be constructed should be made large enough to accommodate a required a number of traders so that people would not be overcrowded to exert pressure on the infrastructure.

The Odododiodoo MP noted that when basic things are taken into an account would prevent the occurrence of bad news of fire outbreaks in our markets.

 

By: Stanley Nii Blewu

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