Traders at the new Kejetia Market in Kumasi are to resume operations this morning after the facility was closed down for nearly four days.
The complex was shut down for 72 hours for an assessment and investigations after a fire outbreak on Wednesday (15 March) destroyed properties worth millions of Cedis.
The board later ordered that the facility should remain closed for another week.
But after consultations with stakeholders, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia directed the market’s opening from Tuesday, March 21.
Reuben Amey, General Secretary of the Kumasi Traders Association, says the continuous closure of the market would have taken a toll on their business.
“Even if they had opened the market yesterday March 20, we would have loved it. We traders are suffering from the closure of the market. Though we are suffering, we accepted the 3-day closure, but any further delay in the reopening, we will suffer a whole loss. We have already suffered losses when the market was razed by fire”.
The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) says it is adequately prepared for the resumption of business activities in the market.
In an interview with Citi News, ACFO Timothy Osafo-Afum, Head of Public Relations at the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), emphasized the importance of being more safety conscious.
“You don’t learn about what to do where there is an emergency. You must learn it long before the emergency comes, so you apply what you know. So let us be safety conscious and do what is expected of us so that in the time of emergency, we know what exactly to do.”