Nana Yaa Oforiwaa, Queenmother of Kumasi Central Market Yam Sellers Association (far left) making her appeal to Kojo Bonsu (far right)
Traders at the Kumasi Central Market have called on the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to quickly decongest the market which has been recorded several fire outbreaks.
According to the traders, the haphazard nature of the market usually prevents firemen from quenching fire quickly at the ancient market.
Yam Sellers Association of Kumasi Central Market, led by Nana Yaa Oforiwaa, queenmother, passionately appealed to Kojo Bonsu, the Kumasi Mayor, to immediately carry out the decongestion exercise at the market.
She said several people transact business at unapproved places, including the middle of roads in the market, thereby impeding the movement of firemen.
Nana Oforiwaa, who led a delegation that called on Kojo Bonsu in his office, said the recent inferno that consumed several items in the market could have been doused immediately if the market was well structured.
She therefore implored Kojo Bonsu to relocate all traders that are trading in the middle of roads and unapproved sites so that fire fighters could be able to quench any fire in the market in future.
Kojo Bonsu said the concerns and suggestions made by the traders would be considered, adding that the KMA would clear all the approved paths in the market so that there could be free movement of people and vehicles in the place.
On behalf of KMA, he consoled the victims of the recent fire outbreak at the market, which destroyed several valuable items, stressing that KMA would provide them with cement and roofing sheets to reconstruct their stores.
Kojo Bonsu refuted allegations that the KMA wanted to take over the area and give it to their cronies, noting that he is a caring person who would not take such a weird action.
He disclosed that he used to sell water at the Kumasi Central Market when he was a kid, noting that he really knows the challenges of the traders and would not do anything to threaten their livelihood.
From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi