A 15-member Technical Committee has been set up by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) to conduct an audit into issues of safety in the Tema Central Business market.
The committee is also charged with the responsibility to make recommendations to the Assembly which will in turn liaise with the appropriate agencies to remedy the situation.
Membership of the committee was drawn from Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Ghana Water Company, TMA Engineers, NADMO and leadership of the various groupings within the market.
The committee's establishment is sequel to a meeting organized by the TMA involving the above mentioned stakeholders to find solutions to pressing issues affecting the operations of the Assembly especially fire outbreaks, which have become a headache to government in recent times.
In an interview with Tema File, Mr. Frank Asante, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of TMA, said his outfit had decided as part of its programmes for 2013, to be more proactive and therefore would intensify its public engagement with businesses, residents and industry, among others regularly.
"We will not wait till issues get of hand before we embark on damage control activities. As we engage them we will build goodwill that will help enhance revenue mobilization for the Assembly. This is because an informed resident is a willing rate payer.
He explained that at the meeting a representative of the GNFS requested that the Assembly provide street lights in and around the market and also called on the business operators in the market to comply with basic safety practices, such as the daily disconnection of all appliances after close of work in the market.
The Tema mayor, Robert Kempes Ofosuware, according to the PRO, charged the TMA engineer as a matter of urgency to make arrangements to provide street lights at vantage points in and around the Tema main market.
He advised the business operators in the market to observe the available safety measures to avoid any fire outbreak in the market.