- President Akufo-Addo paid a visit to the Odawna market in Accra after a fire destroyed several shops destroying properties worth millions of cedis-he announced that all markets in the Greater Accra region would be properly wired to prevent any sort of fires-he also directed that traders be provided with assistance to help them get back on their feet
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has declared that in order to prevent any form of fire, all markets in the Greater Accra Region will be properly wired. The Odawna market in Accra was confirmed to have been destroyed by fire in the early hours of Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
His remarks come after he visited the market of Odawna after a fire ravaged many shops, leaving millions to lose products and property.
The President called on the National Board of Small Industries (NBSSI) Executive Director to do whatever he can to provide some sort of assistance to traders who have lost everything in the fire.
Kosi Yankey said that a database of all those who lost their products to the fire will be ready by next week to begin the distribution of assistance to the over 3,00 affected traders.
The president reiterated that government assistance helps the traders impacted to get back on their feet again.
In the meantime, the Ghana National Fire Service’s Public Relations Officer, Ellis Okoe Robinson, announced that the fire service had been called late to the Odawna market to quench the inferno.
The fire at the market began at about 12 midnight, according to Mr. Robinson, but the fire service was called two hours later.
The fire officer reported, speaking to media men present, that because of access routes to the exact location of the fire, the fire tenders faced difficulties in trying to access it. In order to reach the point of the fire, he added that a lot of pipes had to be attached.
This reduces the strain, he said, which will quench the fire.