Ghana National Fire Service hints on plans by the service to strengthen the relationship between the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to forestall incidents similar to that of the fire at Odawna Market.
Leader of the combined Fire Operation Team of the Service, District Officer Ellis Okoh described the service’s relationship with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly as a relaxed one. He, however, gave the assurance of a better and strengthened rapport between the two bodies.
“There’s collaboration between the Fire Service and AMA but for some time now, all of us have relaxed but we’re going to forge that relationship again.
The market is owned by AMA; we’re going to get closer to AMA so that we can draw safety programs for the market so that periodically, we can educate the people in the market and also put in place safety measures to ensure that the market is safe.” He said.
Although the investigations are ongoing and the cause of the fire has still not been identified, Mr. Okoh highlighted some of the probable causes of fire incidences at the market place, citing cooking and the use of electricity and gadgets by traders.
“Market fires occur when people cook and use electricity in the market. Some people sow in the market and for that matter, they use irons, fans, and other gadgets. All these things when kept on for long become hot, causing a fire.” He asserted.
Mr. Okoh again expressed his dissatisfaction with the layout of marketplaces in the country, reiterating that several small shops and other blockages set up by traders obstruct the Fire Service’s immediate response to quell fire episodes.
He thus called for immediate measures to be put in place to create accessibility at market places and other centers that may need prompt response in case of fire incidents.
Story by: Linda Mensah|universnewsroom.com