President John Dramani Mahama has bemoaned the recent increasing fire outbreaks fires in the country after four separate fire incidents were reported in the past four days.
The president in a meeting with the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State Togbe Afede XIV called on chiefs to educate their people on preventive ways.
“The recent fires remind me of 1983 which was a very terrible year for Ghana. We had a lot of bush fires,” Mahama said.
He wants the chiefs to use their influence to prevent such occurrences. "I don’t think that with this harmattan we should set these fires and destroy vegetation. People should be very careful with fire," he added.
In the past five days Ghana has experienced a number of serious fire outbreaks. Over 100 stores was razed to the ground at the Kumasi Central Market last Thursday in the Ashanti region.
The following day fire destroyed parts of the Amanfuom Sanctuary in Techiman in the Bono Ahafo region. Raging fire later on the same day swept through the Achimota Forest.
The Tuobodom Senior High School in the Brong Ahafo Region was Sunday morning gutted by fire.
Meanwhile the management of the Ghana National Fire Service has cautioned the general public to adhere to basic fire safety practices to avoid incidents of fires during this dry season.
In a statement signed by Mr Prince Billy Anaglate, Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, said within the last few days the harmattan has intensified making the weather very fertile for fires to spread.
It said the public is advised to be extra careful with the way naked fires are handled.