The Odorna Market, which was hit by a fire outbreak last week, will be opened today [Monday] to the public after it was temporarily shut down.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah, had contended that traders could not be allowed to continue to operate in the market immediately after the fire as their activities will affect the work of investigators.
Some traders lamented that the closure of the market will worsen their situation as they do not have other alternative source of livelihood.
About 80 shops were razed by the fire on Wednesday night.
Executive Secretary of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s Task-Force at the Market, Richard Mensah, who was among the first people to arrive at the scene, told Citi News the Assembly will take steps to deal with avoidable human errors often responsible for such incidents,
The Klottey-Korley Member of Parliament, Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, in whose jurisdiction the market is located, called for an immediate structural integrity assessment of the market to avert future outbreaks.
But an opinion leader at the market, Salamatu Adams, wants the Metropolitan Assembly to stop people from sleeping and cooking in the market.
No casualties were recorded beyond the destruction caused to traders’ wares running into thousands of Ghana cedis.
In this same market, there was a similar fire incident in 2013.
Investigators are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire.
Source: Citinewsroom.com | Ghana