Kantamanto traders meet Akufo-Addo

The leadership of the Kantamanto Market Joint Traders Association in the Greater Accra Region on Tuesday called on the 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to brief him on the state of the Kantamanto market which was gutted by fire last Sunday.

According to them, they were informed on Monday that Nana Addo had decided to visit the market to commiserate with them, but could not do so, largely because of the standoff that ensued between the traders and the Police on that day.

Nana Addo was informed by the traders that although the market space belongs to Ghana Railways Authority, they have signed a GH¢150,000 ‘rent agreement’ with the management of Ghana Railways Authority, spanning a 50-year period.

Citing portions of the agreement, the traders stated that it was agreed between both parties that “if shops are destroyed we have to put them up on our own”.

They stated categorically that they would resist any effort by government to take over the area since their agreement had not elapsed.

Although, they had a meeting with the Greater Accra Regional Minister, the leaders stressed that no official from National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) have visited them yet.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a short address to the traders expressed his deepest condolences to the victims.

He went on to entreat the relevant authorities to put in place necessary measures to forestall the reoccurrence of such disasters.

He bemoaned what appeared to be a high frequency of fire outbreaks occurring in markets across the country in recent times and called for immediate steps to arrest the problem.

Some other party officials present at the meeting included, the National Chairman of NPP, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, former Majority leader Felix Owusu Agyapong, Mr. Kwame Amoako Tuffuor and Mr. Osafo Maafo.

Source: NPP Communications Directorate


Akufo-Addo consoles victims of Kantamanto fire disaster

The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has expressed his deepest condolences to the victims of Sunday morning’s fire outbreak at the Kantamanto market, which, according to reports, affected a greater part of the market.

Nana Addo described it “as a very sad day in the history of Ghana” and charged the relevant authorities to put in place the necessary measures to forestall the occurrence of such disasters.

Nana Akufo-Addo bemoaned what appeared to be a high frequency of fire outbreaks, especially occurring in markets in the country in recent times, calling for immediate steps to arrest the problem, adding that this “calls for a standardised strategic plan in designing markets in the country to prevent the incessant fire outbreaks.”

He said aside the major role entrepreneurs in such commercial markets played in the growth of the economy of the country, they were also the major bread winners of their various families and that when such disasters occurred, they tended to have serious repercussions on both the economy and families.

He suggested that the Ghana Institution for Engineers, Ghana Institution of Architects, Architectural Engineering Services Limited (AESL) and the Ghana National Fire Service must come together in designing the markets in order to prevent such outbreaks which had caused damage to property, lives and loss of livelihood to many entrepreneurs in these markets over the years.

“There have been too many fire outbreaks in our markets lately, and it is high time we took serious steps to bring the situation under control. I am making a passionate appeal to the relevant authorities, especially the Institutes of Engineers, Architects and Planners, to come out with innovative plans for the construction of modern prototype markets that will make it difficult for the recurrence of these fires,” Nana Addo noted

Nana Addo consoled victims of the Kantamanto fire disaster on the loss of their wares and prayed that the Almighty God would see them through.

Source: NPP Communications Directorate