Be cautious – GNFS advises ahead of the reopening of Kejetia Market
The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) says it is properly prepared to resume commercial operations at the New Kejetia Market in the Ashanti Region after a fire destroyed the building.
Notwithstanding the objections of traders, market management had previously agreed to block the facility for another week to allow for investigations.
However, on Monday, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia declared that the decision had been reversed after early findings ruled out electrical issues as the source of the blaze.
ACFO The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFSChief )’s of Public Relations, Timothy Osafo-Afum, underlined the significance of being more safety conscious.
“You don’t learn about what to do in an emergency. You must study it well in advance of an emergency so that you may use what you know. So let us be safety alert and do what is asked of us so that we know exactly what to do in an emergency.”
After a four-day closure, the New Kejetia Market in the Ashanti Region will reopen today.
The market was damaged by fire last Wednesday.
During a discussion with the traders’ representatives, the Ghana National Fire Service decided to close the facility for a period of time.
The board also directed that the facility be shuttered for another week.
According to Reuben Amey, General Secretary of the Kumasi Traders Association, the ongoing closure would have affected their finances.
“Even if they had opened the market yesterday, March 20, we would have been thrilled. Our merchants are definitely hurting as a result of the market shut down. We accepted the 3-day shutdown despite our hardship, but any longer delay in reopening will be too much for us. We had already incurred damages when the market was devastated by fire”.