The Mayor of Tamale, Hon. Sule Salifu today visited the Aboabu Market fire disaster site to see for himself, the extent of the damage caused by the fire outbreak.
Addressing the media after the inspection, Hon. Sule Salifu noted that this misfortune affects not only the traders and their respective families but also the entire metropolis and even beyond.
The Mayor re-ecoed Assembly’s sympathy over the loss and assured the traders of immediate steps taken by the Assembly to clear the debris among other interventions aimed at averting the reoccurrance of this misfortune.
Meanwhile Hon. Sule has since directed the building Inspectorate Unit of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly to sanction and supervise the clearance of a few unauthorized structures that were sighted in the vicinity so as to help improve access routes to and around the market for use by the Ghana National Fire Service and related agencies in times of disasters like this.
He was in the company of the MCD, Mr Gilbert B Nuuri-Teg and two of his Deputies, Madam Hajia Rumaisha and Mr. Blaise Dasanah.
Other officials included the PRO for Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Amadu Mustapha Zakari, Metropolitan Director for National Disaster Management Organization, NADMO as well as personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service.
Meanwhile, in a related development, a powerful delegation of chiefs from the Gbewaa palace also visited the scene to sympathize with the victims among other reasons.
The spokesperson for the group, Chief of Zangbaling, His majesty Naa Dr Mahama who spoke on behalf of the Overlord of Dagbon, His Royal Highness Naa Bukari ll, bemoaned the incident, saying that the disaster apparently affects the entire region.
He used the occasion to appeal to the Assemblies in the greater Tamale area and indeed Government to come to the aid of the victims in their recovery effort. The chief commended the Mayor for his swift response on this occasion. According to him, the overlord is willing and ever ready to support any good course to rebuild the affected market and restore trade activities.