Flood victims at the Kumasi Central Market have called on President Akuffo Addo for support to enable them live normal lives.
About 400 lockable shops at the Kumasi Central Market suffered massive losses due to the devastating rains that flooded the area on three occasions in just one week.
Ashanti Region on Monday September 26 2022, to Thursday September 29 witnessed heavy downpour pour causing massive destructions at some areas including the Kumasi Centre Market.
About 1000 traders who were affected lost items worth over Gh¢ 1 million.
Following the disaster, the leadership of major traders unions in the Ashanti Region visited the market to commiserate with the affected traders.
The Chairman of the Eleven Member Steering Committee of the Kumasi Central Market, Kwabena Fosu, President for Concerned Central Market Traders Association Frank Antwi, Queen mothers representing the Asantehemaa at the market Nana Yaa Foriwaa and Nana Sakina, a representative from GUTA among others were part of the delegation to the area.
Speaking to OTEC News Kwame Agyenim Boateng on Friday September 30,2022 Mr Kwabena Fosu appealed to government to come assess the situation and support the traders.
“This is probably the biggest flood in recent years at the market with huge losses”
He appealed to other state agencies including the National Disaster Management Organization NADMO to come forward to help the affected traders.
“We are urging the authorities and government machinery in the region to take extensive measures to provide financial support to the traders”
Meanwhile some of the traders accused the contractor working on the second phase of the Kejetia Redevelopment project of causing the flood.
According to them the contractor has blocked all major drains in the area forcing flood water into their shops.
They appealed to authorities in the Ashanti Region to as a matter of urgency all the contractor to order and at the same force the contractor to direct the water away from the market.
The traders again called on government for financial support.