The office of the Member of Parliament for Akim Oda, through the support of the Ghana Enterprises Agency has presented and distributed an amount of three million one hundred and sixty one thousand, five hundred Ghana cedis (GHS3, 161, 500.00) to some traders affected by the September 13, 2021 fire that ravaged the Oda Central Market.
Some 599 traders would be beneficiaries of this new support, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Enterprises Agency, Mrs Kosi Yankey-Ayeh announced.
This is the second batch of financial support to the traders since the unfortunate incident that saw shops and goods worth millions of Ghana cedis destroyed.
Earlier, MASLOC disbursed about one million Ghana cedis (GHS1, 000,000.00) to 500 traders with each receiving GHS2000.00 each.
Presenting a dummy cheque to the traders to signify the handing over of the cash amount to the traders for distribution, Mrs Kosi Yankey-Ayeh said this is a different directive from the President, Nana Akufo-Addo to the GEA to marshal funds to support the traders after his visit to the market when he toured the Eastern Region.
According to her, unlike the MASLOC disbursement that every individual received the same amount, the GEA’s disbursement would be based on merit (the type of trade one is engaged in) so that each individual would have sufficient fund to rejuvenate their business.
The Member of Parliament for Akim Oda whose efforts finally brought this relief to the traders also called on them to remain focused in investing the money in their business and nothing else.
He said, it is not for nothing that the money is coming at this season of Christmas, adding that it is an opportune time for them to start and revamp their businesses once again and make some money this festive season.
He assured them that the Ghana Enterprises Agency would be embarking on a regular visit to monitor how well they are utilizing the financial support extended to them, and that would serve as a basis for extending more support when the need be.