The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has raised concerns over the structural planning of a market erected by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) in the heart of the business district.
This criticism follows a devastating fire that engulfed Accra’s Makola Shopping Mall last weekend, resulting in the destruction of about 200 stalls.
Fortunately, there were no reported casualties, although the cause of the fire remains unknown.
During an on-site evaluation of the market, Joseph Padi, the Director of Communication for GUTA, expressed his concerns to reporters and called upon SSNIT to take immediate action to ensure the safety of local markets and provide urgent assistance to the affected vendors.
“What we saw on the ground is inhumane. It is like a cubicle. Our members were telling us that they pay almost everything from rent to refuse fees. We are asking what SSNIT is going to do for the traders because they have been badly affected.”