A Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development Hon Osei Bonsu Amoah, has inaugurated a five-member committee to probe the fire that gutted the Kejetia Market in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The Deputy Minister conducted the inauguration on behalf of the Sector Minister, Hon. Daniel Botwe tasked the Committee to be fair and objective in its inquiry and submit its findings and recommendations within three weeks.
As part of its terms of reference, the Committee was to ascertain the cause of the fire outbreak at the Market, which happened on the 15th of March 2023; inquire into the efficient operation, maintenance, and management of the Market; give reasons for its findings and make recommendations on prevention towards the occurrence of disasters and ensure efficient operation and management of the Market, among others.
The Committee was also to submit its report within three weeks of its establishment to the Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development.
The membership of the Committee comprises Professor Theophilus Adjei-Kumi from the Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as the chairman, Mr. Francis Koffie, a Private legal Practitioner, Managing Director of M/S Koffie & Partners, Law Conclave, member of the Committee; Mr. Kofi Ampong a Valuer/Property Manager of Real Estate Consultant, a member; Mr. Daniel Kwaku Denteh, the Deputy Director General of the National Disaster Management Organisation in charge of finance and administration, a member and Mrs. Emelia Ayebeng Botchway, the Chief Director at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council, Sectary to the Committee.