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Kejetia Market inferno: Traders and Market Managers in tango as Board extends closure for another one week

The Combined Traders Association of Kumasi City Market has rejected a move by managers of the Kejetia new market to extend closure date of the facility.

The traders have vowed to resist any attempt by the Managers to close the market beyond the already agreed date.

Following a fire outbreak at the market complex on Wednesday March 15, 2023 stakeholders in the facility agreed to close the area for three days to allow security officials check structural integrity on the affected building.

The management after an emergency meeting with the traders decided to close the market for trading activities ad reopened it on Monday March 20, 2023.

The traders in a press release copied to OTEC News on Sunday March 19, 2023 said they have cited a letter from the board and management of the market with suggests the extension of the closure date for another seven days.

Responding to the board, the traders said they vehemently disagree with the market authorities

“Having sited a press release purporting to come from the Kumasi City Market board of Directors, on the opening of the kejetia market which has been extended for one extra week start Monday 20th March 2023, we wish to categorically state that we disagree with this vehemently”.

“Let no one take we traders and transport operators for granted. It very clear since the board has a constant source of living they don’t care what source of livelihood the traders and transport operators depend on. Well we wish to serve notice to the public that kejetia will be open for trading on Monday. We will not accept the further one-week closure”.

The traders however blamed management of the market for the catastrophe which occurred on Wednesday.

“We wish to put this questions forward

What did the board do with the numerous warnings from fire service, one of the copies of the warning letter attached to this release?

What is the board trying to hide from the public? Is it their incompetence or ineptitudeness or their reluctance to act and supervise effectively when they needed to do so?

So what have they done within the four (4) days so far when the market was closed down? We can confidently say when given one (1) full year they can’t do anything to help us”.

Read the full statement below

Source: Ghana/ Agyenim Boateng

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