KNUST Prof. chairs committee to probe Kejetia Market fire


A five-member committee has been set up to investigate the recent inferno that swept portions of the Kejetia Market.

The committee, chaired by Theophilus Adjei Kumi, Professor at KNUST Department of Construction, Technology and Management has been tasked to present their findings in three weeks.

Other members of the committee are, Francis Koffie (Esq), a private legal practitioner, Mr Kofi Ampong, a property manager, Mr Daniel Kweku Denteh, Deputy Director General of NADMO in charge of finance and administration, and Mrs Emelia Boatchway, regional coordinating director at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating council as secretary of the committee.

The team is expected to make a full, faithful and impartial inquiry into the circumstances of the March 15 incident. Minister of State-Designate at the Ministry of Local Government Osei Bonsu Amoah who inaugurated the committee on Wednesday (29 March) expects the team to do a thorough job.

“They [the committee] are free to invite witnesses to be able to arrive at their findings and make recommendations. The decision was not to involve any board members and representatives of the traders on the committee. They are free to appear before the committee to tell their story”, Mr Amoah said.

“We are hoping that within three weeks their findings and recommendations would be ready. The Minister will also act on them and then see a better solution as far as the market is concerned”, he added.

Sack facility managers Already there have been calls on President Akufo-Addo to remove managers of the facility from office. General secretary of the Combined Traders Associations Ruben Amey wants the facility managers at the Kejetia Market to be dismissed after a fire destroyed parts of the trading area last Wednesday (14 March).

Property including 42 stores worth thousands of Ghana cedis was destroyed in the fire. The government has since set up a committee to unravel the cause of the incident.

Speaking to sit-in host of the Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday (21 March), Amey said the management of the market failed to demonstrate leadership.

“It is clear to us that heads must roll and that should start with the managing director and the head of the board,” he said. “How can the management oversee this shameful event, and nobody is held responsible?”

“Rules are there for a reason and we have specific institutions to implement said regulations, but the management here has failed us.

“There are CCTV cameras here together with several security personnel and yet the management failed to show leadership,” Amey added.


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