- portions of the Buipe market gutted by fire
- 20 stalls razed down and several others rendered jobless
- The Buipewura has called for a joint collaboration between the National security and fire service to find cause of fire
20 stalls and portions of the Buipe Central Market has been razed down by fire.
The fire which razed down more than 20 stalls to the ground has rendered many market women jobless.
The GNA reports indicate that the cause of the fire is not yet known but personnel from the Central Gonja District Command of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) have hinted that investigations is still underway.
Speaking to the media in Buipe,the Buipewura, Abdulai Jinapor II who visited the market to assess extent of damage, called for support to rebuild the market immediately to ensure that the women continued with their businesses.
He expressed worry about the alarming rate of fire outbreak in the country. He hinted that the bush fires could be deliberate acts by arsons for their personal gains. he called on the Fire Service to investigate the cause of the fire in the market.
He alleged that in democratic countries such as Ghana, coup d’êtres could no more take place and the only way was for some people to engage in negative acts to defame the government of the day so that the citizenry would lose faith in the Government.
He added that to arrest the arsons involved in the fires, there is the need to use the services of the National Security and not only that of the Ghana Fire Service. This according to him is to ensure that business persons do not suffer from the practice.
“I am not just saying this because the Buipe Market has burnt but I am more concerned about the livelihoods of market people, especially women, who suffer the most when these markets are burnt,” he stressed.
The Buipewura said Ghanaians were united and gave the assurance that those who were involved in the burning of the Buipe Market would be brought to book, if found. He, however, commended the Central Gonja District Command of the Ghana National Fire Service for the swift response to bring the fire under the control and called on the District Assembly to consider building market pavilions to replace the current wooden structures.