AMA assesses situation at Kantamanto market after fire outbreak; assures victims of gov't support


Management of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) led by its Coordinating Director Mr Benjamin Armah have visited the Kantamanto market after it was gutted by fire on December 16, 2020.

The visit was to ascertain the level of damage caused by the fire, console victims as well as find ways to bring the market back to business.

As many as 648 stores were reckoned to have been raised down by the fire which reportedly started around 9:30 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

Mr Armah who spoke on behalf of the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah during the visit indicated that investigations were underway to ascertain the cause of the fire and assured of government's support to mitigate the loss. 

He added that, Metro NADMO officials have been directed by the Assembly to perform a quick inventory of the number of shops affected and the items destroyed, adding that the AMA’s focus was to provide a new design for the development of the market.

“I am sure you all heard of the burning of the Odorna market some time ago...we expect the fire service to tell us the cause of the frequent fires in our markets, after which we will consider new designs for the development of the market,” he added.

He, therefore, urged traders to be guided in their dealings especially with inflammable materials, stressing that “whatever the case may be, steps must be taken to avoid future occurrences."

He mentioned that per the information gathered 648 stores have been burnt and in the average about 2,592 people have been affected by the fire, adding that NADMO officials would be assigned to visit the market on daily basis to register the affected victims as well as the executives.