Market women from the Odawna Market near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in the Greater Accra Region, have expressed disgust about a supposed news item said to have been aired by an Accra-based Adom FM, one of the affiliates of the Multi Media Group Company.
The women, numbering about five hundred, have been angered by a news report said to have been aired by the popular station, claiming the traders, who are located near where over 150 died from the fire and flood disaster, were using the water in which peopled drowned to wash their foodstuffs.
In a march to the radio station yesterday morning, the traders, who looked very irritated, shouted on top of their voices, questioning why the prominent radio station, would give such a bad publicity to their work in such a difficult time.
While rushing to the station, the traders disclosed their mission to a passerby, who out of curiosity asked them where they were heading to.
The women, who were clad in their market attires with red arm bands, said the news report which went far, has slowed down their sales as customers have refused to
come to the market to patronize their foodstuffs.
They carried some of their foodstuffs on their heads and hands and showed it to everyone on sight asking, “if they looked like they were washed with polluted water from dead bodies”. The foodstuff included, fish, corn dough, garden eggs, okro, onions, beans, pepper, pig feet, garden eggs etc.
They argued that, in the last Wednesday 3 June 2015 fire and flood disaster, they lost everything they had at the market and as a result had to buy new stuffs to sell and so they are at a loss, as to why anybody would give such a negative and ridiculous media report about them.
The women noted, they are not heartless to feed Ghanaians with unclean water, especially so when their families and friends also consume some of the foodstuffs.
But the intension of the women to storm the studios of Adom FM, which shares the same -building with Joy FM, Hitz FM and Asempa FM, was botched, because some Policemen stopped them at the Sadisco Traffic Light and asked that, they go back to the market.
Initially, the traders, who said they were on a mission to go to the station to speak their minds, resisted an intervention by a lady from the MultiMedia company not to go to the station, as they would do the necessary correction and apologize to them, if need be.
The female Multi Media peace broker, whose name was not readily available, later sought the intervention of the Police Patrol Team to urge them to rescind the decision to go to the station.
After several efforts, the women agreed to go back to the Odawna Market, but this was not done without some resistance from some of them.
Some went as far as expressing disappointment in their leader (name withheld), who after speaking to the Multimedia worker, and Police, agreed that they stopped further interviews and protest, as the issue would be looked into.