September 17, 2021

Senior Presidential advisor to President Nana Akufo-Addo, Yaw Osafo Marfo has told market women in Akim Oda that government would assist in building a new market following the inferno that razed down the market on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

“We have taken pictures of this disaster and would be forwarded to government and see how to assist those affected, and this has left the MP, Regional Minister, MCE and myself in deep thinking, because we know this is the business you do to assist your children, we have cloth and valuables burnt”.

The former Akim Oda MP was in the company of the current MP, Alexander Akwasi Acquah and the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) together with NADMO officials who visited the burnt market on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 around 6:00pm to see at first-hand damages caused to the market by fire.

As at the time of visit despite the fact that there had been light rain from morning to evening, there were still traces of smoke and fire burning in some sparts and the place had been cordoned off.

In his address to the market women who had gathered, Mr. Yaw Osafo Marfo noted that the market to be built would be a modern market better than the one raised down by fire, “whatever we would do to help, we would do to send this issue to government of this disaster, but you need to support your MP to achieve this”.

According to the former MP the magnitude of fire disaster had never been witnessed in Akim Oda, despite the fact that fifteen years ago there was a fire outbreak at the same market but was not to that extent.

And told the market women that, they cannot use the burnt market now but officials would come and count the number of women affected and since they know themselves, they should assist in that direction and also ensure that only those who did business at the market before the disaster are counted.

“Government needs to have these list and be truthful to yourself”, as one of the market women enquire where they can would they relocate for now in the mist of the disaster.

Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo noted since it has to do with hygiene doctors together with their MP, MCE and Regional Minister would have to have discussions and determine a suitable place, “no matter what we would let you know where you can go and have your marketing done in the meantime”.

Kwaku Sayi-Danso/