The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly has said that it will not allow victims of Friday night’s fire outbreak at the Kumasi Central Market to rebuild their structures yet.
Currently, no, we will not allow them rebuild shelters because very soon all this place will be under construction but we will wait for assessment from NADMO
According to Mr. Antwi, the assembly will collaborate with the relevant institutions to provide support to those who were affected by the fire incident.
“To the victims, the assembly wants to console them and to assure them of our support. As the education minister said, we are combining forces to come to their aid. But we will wait for the assessment from NADMO first.”
While cautioning the traders against cooking and ironing in the market, he said the assembly is doing everything within its means to begin the second phase of the market redevelopment project.
“The assembly is doing everything possible with rapidity so that very soon, we cut the sod for the commencement of the phase We have secured funding for the second phase and the traders will bare us out that we have done the validations” he said.
Fire officers in the Ashanti Region managed to bring the raging fire under control after more than five hours.
The fire which started at about 10:15 pm increased in intensity as it spread through parts of the enclave.
The affected area is known for the sale of second hand clothing and foodstuffs.
Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi commended the fire fighters as well as other state agencies including the military, police and NADMO officials for their work.
“Had it not be the immediate intervention and the professionalism with which they exhibited, the whole market would have been engulfed…The Police, NADMO and Military and it took them about 5 hours to put out this fire. They have exhibited nationalism and I thank them for that” he said.