Registration of traders whose shops were razed by fire at the Odawna Pedestrian Shopping Mall, near the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra is currently underway.
Data from the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) showed that 1,743 victims as at Monday, November 23 have registered to be supported by the government.
The Executive Director of NBSSI, Mrs Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, who made this known in Accra, said registration of victims which started on November 21 is expected to end on November 27.
“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,” she said.
After the registration, she said the NBSSI team will do the assessment on the applications to understand their businesses and that will help determine the support to be provided.
She said she was confident that with the progress of work done so far, the NBSSI would be able to give financial support to the affected persons.
The NBSSI is a non-profit public sector organisation under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Presidential Special Initiatives which came into being in 1985.
It has its head office in Accra, with secretariats in all the regional capitals and Business Advisory Centres in most of the district capitals.
Services offered by the NBSSI include business development services for micro and small enterprises.