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Fire guts parts of Odawna market around Accra circle again

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In January 2019, about 80 stalls got destroyed after a fire outbreak at the market. No deaths was recorded last year however, assorted goods belonging to market women perished.

Well, history has repeated itself as hundreds of stalls got burnt down in another fire outbreak this Wednesday dawn.

Reports indicate that the fire raged for hours before it could be put out.

The cause of the fire has not been established yet but viral photos, and videos on social media saw a fire spreading in the market.

Watch the video below:

An eyewitness who spoke to JoyNews accused some market women of being responsible for the spread of the fire.

According to the witness, when the personnel from the fire service got to the scene, the entrance of the market had been blocked, making it impossible for the fire tender to move to where the fire was.

He explained that when the personnel got in touch with the market women to move their items, they refused to allow the men in the area to assist.

“Around 10:30 to 11 pm I was moving from the VIP Station heading to the market when I saw smoke. It was from a small fire. We started to put it out with water that we could find before rushing to call the fire service.”

The eyewitness further narrated that “the team rushed over with a vehicle and asked for the entrance to be cleared but the women insisted that they will move the items alone. When we finally had access to the market, we decided to remove all the cylinders from the stores close to the fire to prevent an explosion but again the women refused.”

“They accused us of trying to steal their stuff and locked up the market again,” he added.

“Within seconds, a cylinder exploded and caused the fire to spread. The fire service tried to put it out but it was difficult because of the cylinders and the types of items lying around. The fire service came back with about 10 cars but the fire is still burning.”

 

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3 Die in Fatal Accident On Accra To Kumasi Highways

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Three persons have died in a fatal accident on Osino to Anyinam stretch of the Accra to Kumasi highways.

The accident occurred at 8:00 pm when a speeding taxi cab with registration number GE 6014-11 collided head-on with a private Toyota Corolla saloon killing three persons instantly.

“A taxi cap with the registration number GE 6014-11 had a collision with a private Toyota saloon cap. The cause of the accident is yet to be traced. Out of six passengers on board, 3 three survived and the other three died instantly” a witness told bryt FM.

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EC publishes 2020 Special Voters list

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced the publication of the special voters’ list for the December 7 polls.

The special voting list is to pave way for individuals who will perform special duties on December 7 vote ahead of the big day.

It covers security, media personnel, and election officials who will be unable to vote at the polling stations where they registered.

The EC, in a statement, noted that the list is available on its website for the individuals who fall within the set categories to check their names.

It added soft copies of the special voters’ register have been provided to the representatives of organisations participating in the exercise to enable their members to verify their details and locations ahead of time.

Meanwhile, the special voting exercise has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

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Fuel prices likely to increase next year

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Executive Director for the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC), Duncan Amoah, has said prices of petroleum products are likely to increase next year.

According to Mr Amoah, the likely price increments is due to the change in US government.

He posits that the new US government, headed by Joe Biden, is more inclined to environmental protection and as such might put a cap on the volumes of oil produced by the US.

“The Democrat party which is now coming into government is more concerned about environmental issues and are more likely to put a cap on oil production because they believe it destroys the environment,” he stated.

“So if a cap is placed on the volume of oil production from the US, supply side is going to take a hit and oil prices for 2021 might go beyond the $50 mark and what that means for us as a country who imports finished oil products, will be to pay more for it,” he added.

The Executive Director of COPEC made the projection on the sidelines of a workshop to educate the media on energy and petroleum issues.

Norvanreports.com

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