Melcom Charges Authorities To Expedite Action On 2012 Achimota Building Collapse

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Melcom Group of Companies (MGC) has raised concerns on the slow pace of investigations by authorities in relations to the collapsed Melcom rented building at Achimota in 2012

The Melcom Group was concerned that after 5 years not a single report was released by these authorities and agencies over the collapsed of the property owned by Nana Kwasi Boadu the Director of KINSADUS Company.

MGC expressed its disappointment on the failure of  the authorities to bring the owner of the collapsed structure that claimed many lives, properties  as well as causing several degrees of injures to people to book to face the laws

Speaking to newsmen in Accra recently, Mr. Godwin Avenorgbo, the MGC Director of Communications, stated that, MGCs as an investor operate under the laws of Ghana, as such expects that the same law to protect our investment as security and incentive for growing our business for the large benefit of the economy”.

‘’ We are very disappointed that the owner of the structured that collapsed causing many death, injury, and loss of business has  not been brought to book under the law of the country’’ he indicated .

He however stated that “the decision to go the extra miles to ensure safety at all newly constructed  Melcom shops was borne out of the 7th November 2012 sudden collapse of a six story building Melcom rented from KINSADUS Company Ltd in Accra.”

He added that even though Melcom does not doubt the integrity of regulatory agencies in charge of the issuing of building permit, regulatory standards in upholding levels of technical expertise and the construction materials, but now have a reason to ask many questions.

Mr. Avenorgbo, questioned that the MGCs desire was to find out if the building permit given to KINSADUS was from a relevant state agency and if yes was the soil test conducted before such huge building was constructed?

MGC wishes to also know if the KINSADUS uses right building materials and also solicited for the services of a qualified structural engineer for the project, the Director of communications emphasized.

He averred that if the answer to these questions was No then it is obvious that the construction of the collapsed structure   was improper, shoddy and haphazardly constructed without permit and supervision and technical expertise.

He said five years is too long for any business house or entity which suffered such huge losses in human and material resource to look on helplessly while the inaction of state agencies allows the culprit freedom without any penalty to serve as a deterrent.

He called all stakeholders who are involved in the matter to fast track the processes and procedures to bring justice to bear and finality to the case.


Story: Jamila Wahab

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