Don't bring us food and blanket; give us money - Odawna Market fire victims to NADMO

Don't bring us food and blanket; give us money - Odawna Market fire victims to NADMO

- Affected traders at the Odawna Market that was razed by fire have made demands

- According to them, they would rather want to be compensated with money than with foodstuff and blankets

- The Odawna Market located in Circle was gutted by fire in the early hours of Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Some traders at the Odawna Market in Circle, a suburb of Accra who were affected by the Wednesday morning inferno have made demands to NADMO.

In a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Ghanaweb, the Odawna market traders admonished authorities of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) not to compensate them with food items.

According to them, they wanted to be given cash in place of their properties and wares that were lost in the fire.

Don't bring us food and blanket; give us money - Odawna Market fire victims to NADMO

Fire Outbreak. Source: Daily Graphic
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According to them, the money would help them recoup their loss following the fire outbreak.

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“When our items got burnt last year, NADMO only distributed rice, oil, soap and blanket. We are not accepting these items again. If they dare bring it, here again, we’ll beat them up,” one victim is reported to have said.

Some affected persons also lamented the fact that they took loans from financial institutions to restock their shops because of the pending Christmas celebration but were now left with nothing due to the November 18 fire.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Odawna Market located in Circle in Accra was caught in a raging inferno and the fire spread in the area affecting many shops.

According to reports, the fire started at around 1 am on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

The raging flames are spreading fast and widely since fire service personnel are unable to enter the market.

Fire Service Personnel who arrived at the scene indicated that they could not get access into the market since it had been locked by one security man who was on duty the night before.

We were called to the Odawna market late - Fire service PRO explains

The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Ellis Okoe Robinson, revealed that that the fire service was called late to the Odawna market to quench the inferno.

According to Mr. Robinson, the fire at the market started at about 12 midnight but the fire service was called two hours later.

Speaking to media men present, the fire officer mentioned that, because access routes to the exact spot of the fire, the fire tenders faced difficulties in trying to access it.

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