The National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) has registered about three thousand traders who had their wares destroyed by fire at Odawna Markert last week.
The exercise which took place at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange grounds collected the details of the affected traders including amounts that they would need to restart their businesses.
According to the NBSSI, it is frantically working to complete all the necessary profiling of the requests from the traders to be able to offer them some loan support.
During a visit to the market on Monday November, 23,2020 the CEO of NBSSI, Kosi Yankey-Aryeh said the NBSSI is also working with the Odawna Market Traders Association and the Klottey Korle Municipal Assembly to ensure that, the funds are disbursed to victims of the disaster and not imposters.
“We started registering them, it is still ongoing; we want to get a good database and get to know the specific needs of the traders. We want to provide the right assistance to each and every one that registers. Apart from that, the data would help in future planning to meet the needs of the market.
So, we are carefully doing the registration and when we get the data we will quickly process and disburse the funds. Already some of them are not having it easy, we would want to quickly provide them some relief. We are getting close to Christmas and it’s a big deal for them to make some money from the festive season” Mrs. Yankey-Aryeh told the media.
It would be recalled that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during a visit to the market on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 directed the NBSSI to make available funds to support traders who had their wares destroyed by the fire. According to President Akufo-Addo, this is to help the affected traders recover from their losses.
He also indicated that the government will undertake re-wiring of all markets in the Greater Accra Region to forestall such tragic occurrences in the future.
President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the MCE for Klottey Korle Municipal Assembly, Nii Adjei Tawaiah and the CEO of NBSSI, Kosi Yankey.