The Kumasi traders association has welcomed the decision by the government to reopen parts of the facility for business today, March 21.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia after inspecting the market said parts of the facility not affected will be reopened on Tuesday.
Welcoming the decision in an interview on Eyewitness News with Umaru Sanda Amadu, the General Secretary of the association, Reuben Ammeh said, “even if they had opened the market yesterday March 20, we would have loved it. We the traders are really suffering from the closure of the market. Though we are suffering, we accepted the 3-day closure, but any further delay in the reopening, we will suffer a lot. We have already suffered losses when the market was razed by fire”.
He stressed, “we do not want to suffer any more losses. So we are cool with the reopening of the market today March 21, we are so happy”.
Asked if they prefer to work in a market which has safety defects, he stated, “it’s not only about the market not having fire certificate, or investigations not completed. At least if not for anything at all we expected that within these 3 days that the market was closed, we would have seen actual works of assessment and investigations going on. There was so much shock yesterday when we entered the market and realised that nothing had even changed after the inferno. We don’t know whether they were working or not during the three-day closure”.
The board of the new Kejetia Market also known as the Kumasi City Markets Limited on March 19, directed that the facility should be closed for one more week starting Monday, March 20 to allow Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to conduct further investigations.
The traders on the other hand argued that such a move will negatively affect their businesses and thus vowed to defy the directive.