The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has urged the government to help its members who suffered significant losses, estimated in millions of cedi, in the recent Makola Shopping Mall fire outbreak.
A fire outbreak erupted at the Makola Shopping Mall in Accra on Friday night, destroying 200 makeshift structures. Thankfully, no casualties were reported, but the cause of the fire remains unknown.
Joseph Tetteh-Pardi, GUTA’s Director of Communication, made this plea as the association assessed the damage on Monday.
“The fire has caused enormous damage. Many have lost their capital, over GH¢200,000 or more. We urgently call on the government to assist those affected,” he stated.
Mr. Tetteh-Pardi also mentioned that the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) should get involved in supporting the affected traders. “We are here to get firsthand information about the extent of the damage so we can determine how to help them,” he added.
Ghanaians have received this news very differently. Some casted blames on the market women themselves citing that the frequent fire outbreaks in our markets are as a result of carelessness on the part of the traders. Others however sympathized with the traders abd opined that the government should come to their aid as soon as possible.
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