The managers of the Kejetia new market attempted to postpone the facility’s closing, but the Joint Traders Association of Kumasi City Market rejected their plan.
The traders have sworn to oppose any attempt by the Management to end trading after the previously determined time.
Following a fire that broke out on March 15, 2023, at the market complex, facility stakeholders decided to close the area for three days so that security personnel could examine the impacted building’s structural integrity.
During an urgent conference with the traders, the management made the decision to suspend trading until Monday, March 20, 2023.
The traders responded to the board by stating their utter disagreement with the market authority.
“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”.
Nonetheless, the traders attributed responsibility for the Wednesday calamity to market management.
“We want to ask this question,”
What did the board do with the several fire department warnings and one of the warning letter copies that were attached to this release?
What is the board trying to keep the public from learning? Is it their inability to act and oversee effectively when necessary, their incompetence, or both?
Read the full statement below:
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Louis Gyamerah