The Kejetia market reopens after days of halting trading activities due to the fire outbreak on Wednesday, 15th March 2023.
This comes after the vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia paid a working visit on Monday 20th March. And subsequently directing for a reopen of the non affected areas for trading activities to resume on Tuesday 21st March 2023. His directives comes to annul an early directives by the board of the Kumasi city market to close down the entire market complex for one more week.
An early visit on Tuesday morning by Broadcastgh.com saw trading activities gradually taking its previous position as traders troop in to open up stores for restocking and sales.
Moreover, the Kumasi City Market Traders Union, in a press release on Tuesday morning, has congratulated the Ghana National Fire Service for their swift response in combating the fire on the day of the fire incident.
“We wish to put on record that, we the members of the Kumasi city market Market Traders Union(KCMTU) was vehemently opposed to the idea of the closure of the market from day one and rather suggested that the affected portion should rather be closed for other unaffected sections allowed to operate. It was rather unfortunate that the management of the facility did not listen to our suggestion from the beginning and subsequently directed that the closure should be extended for another one week.”
“We we’re therefore happy to hear His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana who paid a working visit to the market yesterday declaring that the market be opened from 21st March, 2023.
We are truely happy that this statement, has reaffirmed our position on the closure of the market and wish to thank His Excellency the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for overturning the uninformed decision of the management,” according to the statements.
Mr. Kwaku Adu Gyamfi, Secretary to the group, entreated all traders of the Kumasi City Market not to yield to any attempt by any group who would come round to compile names and contact and other details in a ploy to secure some support for the victims. He concluded by calling on authorities to expedite their investigations on the causes of the fire outbreak and taking into consideration of inputs from traders to avert future occurrences.