THE Second-hand Cloth Sellers Association of Accra, has appealed to the government to ensure the construction of a modern market complex with fire prevention facilities, to save its members from the perennial fire outbreaks they face in the existing ones.
Mr. Justice Amarlai Tetteh made the appeal after retaining his position as chairman of the association, in an election held in Accra.
He revealed that members lost millions of cedis through fire outbreaks in 2002 and 2007, last Thursday.
He said they would be grateful to have the wooden structures, near the State Transport Corporation yard at Tudu, rehabilitated into modern facilities for their use.
Mr. Tetteh was unhappy that despite tolls collected from the traders over the years by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the market still lacked such basic amenities as banks and offices, while insurance companies continue to refuse to insure their wares because, they are in wooden structures.
He outlined strategies to solicit assistance for members, to turn the market into a huge business arena.
Mr. Tetteh looked forward to collaborating with non-governmental organizations to raise the necessary capital for the venture.
Mrs Naakie Osam-Sackey, an Accountant of the AMA, who supervised the election, assured that the assembly would consider the issue of relocation or rehabilitation of the market at Tudu, at its next sitting.
â€śThere is the need to be cautious in order not to disrupt the activities of the association,â€ť she indicated.
She appealed to the traders to co-operate with the assembly to realise its vision of transforming the city into the best business destination in the country.