President John Mahama has held intense discussions with his vice, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, over recent fire outbreaks in major markets in the country.

The President, who was given a thorough briefing on the situation, especially the most recent inferno at the Makola Number Two market in Accra’s central business district, was worried at the developments.

“President Mahama is very much concerned about these developments”, Deputy Information Minister, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed told journalists at the Flagstaff House on Thursday.

Mr. Murtala Mohammed said government is likely to reach a decision by close of day today and fashion out a strategy to deal with the development.

There have been six fire outbreaks in some major markets in Accra including, the Kantamanto, Makola No 2, Agbogbloshie and the Dome markets as well as the Kumasi Central market in the Ashanti Region.

The frequency of the occurrence of the blaze has raised concerns over the cause of these fires with Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, Member of Parliament for Odododiodioo Constituency who is also Deputy Trade Minister, suspecting sabotage.

However, Mr. Murtala Mohammed said government cannot immediately confirm arson until investigations are over.

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