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Akufo-Addo to Circle traders: Be assured of government support after fire

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, says the National Board for Small Scale Industries will provide direct support to the fire victims

President Akufo-Addo has assured about 3,000 displaced traders at the Odawna Pedestrian Market near the Kwame Nkrumah interchange that the government through the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), will provide direct support to them to resume their businesses after fire razed down the market.

The President offered the traders the assurance when he paid a visit to the gutted market to see at first hand, the level of distraction at the Odawna Pedestrian Market by the fire, which started in the wee hours of today, Wednesday, 18 November 2020.

The Odawna Pedestrian Market after the fire | Photo: Wilberforce Asare
The Odawna Pedestrian Market after the fire | Photo: Wilberforce Asare

“The MCE and others have started working to document all traders whose shops have been destroyed and government will subsequently move in to offer them help within the shortest possible time so they can resume their trading immediately,” Akufo-Addo said.

Wiring of markets

On the general issue of wiring in all markets in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, President Akufo-Addo stated that he has been informed by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) boss, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, that the plan to rewire all markets has commenced and the Odawna Market will not be left out.

Akufo-Addo at Odawna Pedestrian Market
Akufo-Addo at Odawna Pedestrian Market | Photo: Wilberforce Asare, Asaase Radio

“Government has begun the rewiring of all markets in Accra and we will ensure that we stop such tragic incidents from happening again,” Akufo-Addo said.

President Akufo-Addo was accompanied on his visit to the market by the Municipal Chief Executive Officer (MCE) for Korle Klottey, Nii Adjei Tawiah, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), Kosi Yankey.

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