Odawna fire : Market reopens to public after outbreak

By Wendy Amarteifio
Odawna :Market reopens to public after fire outbreak

On January 16 2019, the Odorna Market, which was hit by a fire outbreak will be opened to the public today (January 21 2019) after it was temporarily shut down.

The Market was closed down to make way for investigations into what caused the fire.

About 80 shops were affected by the fire on Wednesday night, January 16 2019.

In an interview with shop owners whose shops were affected by citinews monitored by PrimeNewsGhana, a shop owner, Prosper Afetchi who lost six shops is unhappy about the development and wishes to be allowed to renovate his shops as renovation may delay.

According to him,''The truth is that despite the fact that our places were burnt we want to know soon because we have customers and the more they delay in letting us get into the market the more our customers run for some of us yes they have reopened the market, but I wish they should allow us to go and see what we can do to quickly start business again''.

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According to the Chairman of the Odawna Market traders, Ernest Mensah said Monday's opening will be for the shops which were not affected by the fire.

" The authorities decided to secure the affected area to allow the market to operate from Monday the unaffected shops will be allowed to do business as the unaffected side is worked on''.

However, when the fire occurred, 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.

The Klottey-Korley Member of Parliament, Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, in whose jurisdiction the market is located, also called for an immediate structural integrity assessment of the market to avert future outbreaks.

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