President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has visited the Pedestrian Shopping Mall at Odawna, near the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra, which was razed by fire Wednesday dawn.
“This is really sad. It is a big tragedy,” President Akufo-Addo remarked after accessing the damage and the huge loss to shop owners and traders at the Mall.
He gave assurance that the authorities would identify and compile the details of the victims to inform how government could provide assistance to them to restart their businesses.
“We would see what government could do to begin the process of rehabilitating the people,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo disclosed that government has started the process to ensure that all the markets in Accra are rewired to forestall fire outbreaks.
He urged the authorities to keep the people informed about the steps government was taking to alleviate their plight.
The Executive Director of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), Madam Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, told the President that her office had begun the process of providing financial support to the traders and shop owners affected.
She said the Municipal Chief Executive of Klottey Korle, Nii Adjei Tawiah, is providing the data of affected traders who are expected to receive some assistance to commence their businesses by next week.