The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has issued a directive to keep the Kejetia market closed until security agencies have confirmed that it is safe for reopening.
The market was closed immediately following the fire on March 14th to allow for investigations to begin. During a visit by a delegation from the Ministry, the Minister of State Designate in charge of Local Government, Osei Bonsu Amoah, announced that a committee will be established to investigate the cause of the fire.
He further stated that the market will remain closed until the security agencies and investigators have completed their assessment.
The initial closure period of the market is set at three days, however, it is subject to change based on the recommendations of the consultants and stakeholders. The closure period may extend beyond three days, potentially lasting a week, three weeks, or even longer.
Our top priority is the safety of all individuals involved, and we will extend the closure period as necessary to allow the committee to complete their work. Once the committee has finished their work and all necessary security measures are in place, the market will reopen.
The Mayor of Kumasi has also assured that the Metropolitan Assembly will expedite the necessary processes to ensure that traders can return to work as soon as possible.