Makola Fire outbreak:  AMA sets up committee to examine structural integrity of affected building

09.Jul.2021

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has delegated a seven-member committee to examine the structural integrity of the three-storey building that was gutted by fire at Makola market in the Central Business District of Accra. 

The committee is also expected to among other things ascertain the cause of the fire outbreak that destroyed 108 shops and make recommendations within a week.

Members of the committee include representatives from the AMA,  Fire Service, Police, Electricity Company of Ghana, (EGC) Ghana Water Company (GWC) Limited,  Metro National Disaster Management Organisation ( NADMO) and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). 

They include Mr Julius Azumah; AMA, Mr Adjetey Sowah; District Engineer, ECG Makola, 
 Henry Nii Lamptey Plange; Metro Director of NADMO, Collins Owusu; District Commercial Officer, GWC,   DO1 Ofori Adeji; GFS, Superintendent Freeman Kumashie.

Chief Executive of the AMA, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah,  announced the establishment of the committee on Friday when he visited the fire scene.  

He pointed out that the entire building would be cordoned off to prevent any human activity in and around the building adding that some officers from the Accra Central Fire Service would be stationed at the scene to detect any reignition of fire as well assist traders to salvage their wares.

He noted that the Accra Central Motor Transport and Traffic  Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service supported by  Metro Guards of the Assembly, would open the Makola section of the Kojo Thompson road to traffic tomorrow whilst the ECG had been directed to restore power to the area with the exception of the affected building. 

"The MTTD will take charge of the traffic situation and open the road to traffic tomorrow, they will be in charge to ensure that human and vehicular traffic flows but no human traffic will be allowed in front of the building...The ECG has been directed to restore power to the area with the exception of the affected building,"  he said. 

 "We are ready to start  business in the Central Business District whilst investigation continues...The building is not safe for occupancy so people should respect the rules that we have put out," he added.  

The AMA boss also reiterated that affected traders would be assisted and that the Ministry of Trade and Industry through the Ghana Enterprise Agency had initiated the process to assess the extent of the damage. 

"To the victims, the Ministry of Trade and Industry through the Ghana Enterprise Agency have initiated the process of assessing the extent of damage and as pledged by the Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon Alan Kyerematen assistance will be provided," he said. 

President of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Dr Joseph Obeng, appealed to stakeholders to assist the AMA to decongest the CBD to enhance trading activities.