The Ghana Union of Traders’ Association (GUTA) is calling on authorities to institute higher standards of surveillance at markets instead of collecting levies and leaving traders to their fate.
The Union said this is the “best way” to ensure safety and security of markets in Ghana.
This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday, March 16 following a fire disaster at the New Kejetia Market a day earlier.
The fire gutted the rear portions of the market, leading to loss of property and wares by most traders.
GUTA expressed sympathies to all victims but called for independent investigations into the actual cause of the fire outbreak.
This, the Union suggests, will be a “more effective mechanism to forestall such recurrence in the future”.
It also disclosed that engagement is ongoing with some insurance companies to “start insuring members of the trading community in the markets based on memorandum of understanding that will be beneficial to all in the event of such unforeseen calamity”.