The Chief Executive Officer of Peace Watch Ghana, Madam Diana Nyakopah Daniels, has called on the Chief Fire Officer , CFO Julius Kuunour Aalebkure to immediately resign over the spate of fire outbreaks in the country.
Her call is coming on the heels of the recent fire outbreak at the Kumasi City Market which is popularly known as the “ Kejetia market”.
She said, the reports of fire tenders getting to fire scenes without adequate water to extinguish the fire is becoming one too many .
Although, the fire service has been able to extinguish the fire which happened on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, eye witnesses accused the firefighters of not having enough water in their tenders before reaching. the fire scene.
This , according to the eye witnesses and victims led rise to the fire spreading to other areas of the market which was constructed not too long ago .
But in the opinion of the Peace Watch Ghana CEO whose Organization has been at the forefront of promoting peace , security and in other paramilitary institutions, the Chief Fire Officer cannot escape blame this time .
Speaking in an interview, she said in this day and age of technology with its accompanying equipment ,there is no way a fire institution to struggle to fight fire to the extent where the fire spread to destroy the wares and livelihoods of traders at the Kejetia market.
“ He must resign. I am aware the fire service has been equipped over the years by governments after governments. What excuse does this Chief Fire Officer have for not ensuring that a strategic market of that nature will be allowed to go in that much flames without their prompt arrival to put out the fire ”, she said
“ There is no way he can even say they were not called in time because everybody now knows the short code and numbers to the Fire Service which are 112, 192 , 0302772446 and would have surely called on time “, she pointed out.
Madam Nyakopah Daniels , who was not too happy with the situation retreated the need for the Chief Fire Officer to resign .
Since the fire outbreak, there have accusation and counter from the traders on one side and the fire service on one side .
The issue of sprinklers in the market and insurance cover of the market have been a subject of discussion.
The cause of the fire has still not been made known yet .The market was shut down for three days to ascertain the extent of damage.