A five-member committee has been established by the deputy minister of state for local government and rural development, Mr. Osei Bonsu Amoah, to look into the March 15 fire outbreak that destroyed a section of the Kejetia market.
Professor Theophilus Adjie-Kumi from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s Department of Construction Technology and Management serves as the committee’s head.
The other members are Mr. Kofi Ampong, a member and valuer, property manager, and real estate expert, Francis Koffie Esq., a private attorney and managing director of Ms. Koffie and Partners Law Conclave.
The other two are Mrs. Emelia Ayebeng Botchway, member assistant and Ashanti regional organizing director, and Mr. Daniel Kwaku Denteh, member and Deputy Director General of the National Disaster Management Organization in charge of Finance and Administration. (ARCD).
After the ceremony, Mr. Amoah addressed the media and stated that the committee had three weeks to look into the fire’s cause and present its results.
Those who might have information or proof that could aid the committee in its work would be requested to come forward with it, he said, noting that public announcements would be made.
Since we want to know and learn lessons from the outbreak and apply them to the unfinished phase two of the market, the committee will also summon additional people to testify before it.
‘’The committee has only three weeks to submit findings and recommendations after their investigations. Announcements would be made to the public for those who may have evidence or any useful information to appear before the committee to give same’’, Mr Amoah stressed.
In response to complaints from some market vendors whose territory was damaged by the fire, Mr. Amoah urged restraint.
He requested that they remain away from the burned area until all investigations and committee suggestions had been considered.
Any member of the organizations or unions who has a complaint or information regarding the most recent fire will have the opportunity to appear before the committee while it is in session, according to the deputy minister.
The Minister designate said, “The Kejetia market does not belong to one single person and that no one has the right to break in or forcefully enter where they are not supposed to go.” “Anyone who has information or evidence regarding the recent fire can appear before it and talk to them,” he added.