By Cecil Mensah
The La-Nkwantanang ,Madina Municipal Assembly (LaMMA) has handed over the two and three bay sheds that were gutted by fire last year at the cost of over two billion Cedis to the traders of the Madina market in the Greater Accra Region.
The market which was gutted by fire in the heat of the electioneering campaign last year, on October 22, 2013 and items worth several millions of Cedis were lost, have been refurbished by the Assembly and handed over to the victims of the fire outbreak at a colourful ceremony in Madina, a suburb in Accra.
Speaking at the short ceremony at the main Madina market, Mr Franklin Anku, the Municipal Chief Executive of LaMMA commended the two companies that were contracted by the Assembly to refurbished market stalls.
He said the contrators Pascal Construction and Tallman House Company Limited have done a great job and the Assembly was proud of their timeliness in delivering on their promise.
“A year ago when I received calls from the wailing market women telling me about their predicaments as a result of the fire that gutted the two and three bay sheds in the market.
‘’Today, we are here to hand over the refurbished sheds to the victims of the fire that destroyed properties worth several billions of Cedis’’ he said
He reminded the beneficiaries to take good care of the sheds and avoid introducing foreign materials into their as wares, so as to avoid the reoccurrence of the disaster that befell them.
He said when out of their negligence and such man- made disasters occur, the Assembly has nothing to lose as they (the victims) bear brunt as result them losing their capitals.
The only thing Assembly loses when such situations occurs are the sheds so, it is important for the beneficiaries of such good gestures from the Assembly to take good care of these facilities made available to them he posited.
He disclosed that the Assembly has also contracted an electrical engineering company by Premose Company to install security lights to improve upon the security in and around the market to lessen the issues of petty theft.
He added that the Assembly will commence an audit of all electricity connections in the market, after which the company will be made to be in charge of connection of electricity in the market to curb the illegal electricity connections.
He said the Assembly has ordered that the market be closed at six and opened at five am the following morning to ensure that nobody sleeps in the market.
He said intelligence report available to the Assembly indicate that human activities in the evening in the market have accounted for the numerous fire outbreaks over the years.
He appealed the market executives to let honesty prevail in the reallocation of the shed and rancor.
Madam Grace Afoley Odai, the Deputy Market Queen for Madina Market thanked the Assembly for their timely intervention in refurbishing the sheds.
She assured the Assembly that they will avoid bickering and rancour in the reallocation of the sheds.