A man believed to be in his thirties has been confirmed dead following the collapse of a six-storey building at Nii Boi Town a suburb of Accra. Briefing the media at the scene, the Deputy Fire Officer in charge of Operations, Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie said the man was brought out of the rubble by a rescue team from the Police, Fire Service, and NADMO. Fortunately, Another man was pulled out alive and has been taken to the hospital. According to our reporter, a contingent from the Ghana Armed Forces has also joined in the rescue operation. The six-storey building collapsed at about 4.30 am today. Neighbours who heard the screams of a woman rushed to the scene and sent a distress call to the Police. It is still not clear how many people may be trapped under the rubble. The owner of the building is being sought by the Police
Falling standards in the building industry and the refusal of developers to employ the services of professionals have been identified as a major cause of the collapse of buildings in recent times. The Vice President of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Emmanuel Martey in an interview with Radio Ghana, appealed to the public to employ the services of professional bodies such as the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, the Ghana Institution of Engineers and the Building Contractors Association, to ensure that the right building code is adhered to. He called on the MMDAs to enforce by-laws on building regulations to avoid such disasters. Mr Martey’s comment follows the collapse of a six-storey building at Nii Boi Town, a suburb of Accra.
Meanwhile, a member of the Institution, William Dickson in an interview with Radio Ghana said the latest collapse of a storey building at Nii Boi Town is a wake up call to all players in the industry to be patriotic, follow and adhere to the building regulations.
The Commission of Inquiry looking into the payment of judgement debts and related
matters will officially resume sitting on the 24th of this month. The new venue
for sittings will now be the former office of the Constitution Review Commission
near the American Embassy Roundabout in Accra. The PRO of the Commission, George
Dove said despite the fire that gutted its former building, its documents are
Professor Alex Dodoo of the University of Ghana medical School says between ten and thirty percent of fake drugs are found in developing countries. In Ghana, a higher percentage of the fake drugs are anti malaria drugs, antibiotics, vitamins and erectal enhancement drugs. Professor Dodoo said this at a forum in Accra on quality pharmaceuticals in Ghana and the implications for health.
Government has made it clear that Technical and Vocational schools will also benefit from its progressive policy of providing free second cycle education. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Haruna Iddrisu made this known as he rounded up the debate on the President State of the nation address to Parliament last month. He said the President painted a realistic picture of the country. He said the nation should with a united front give the nation’s future their due.
The Majority Leader, Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, in his submission, said one issue that escaped the attention of the contributors to the debate was the factors that caused the deficits in the previous budget. The MP for Nandom said donor commitments, which had been a major contributor of government’s expected revenue had been substantially declined and said that was accounted to the deficits recorded in the country’s previous budgets in recent times.
When he took the floor, the minority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu accused the government for competing with the private sector for loans on the financial market and causing interest rate to shoot up astronomically. He said had second doubts about the EC holding the District Assemble elections this year.
Parts of the floating production storage and offloading, FPSO, vessel for the Tweneboa, Enyeara and Ntome, TEN, oil production are being fabricated in Takoradi. The General Manager of Tullow Oil Ghana Limited, Charles Darko, told the media in Takoradi that the decision was informed by the company’s commitment to give jobs to Ghanaians in line with the local content law. He said the top part of the FPSO and some components for the TEN project is being fabricated by SEAWELD, a Takoradi – based company and that the TEN oil production is set to begin by the middle of 2016 to produce 80 thousand barrels of oil per day. He said parts of the FPSO and components for the sub –sea construction are being fabricated in Takoradi and will be taken to Singapore to be fitted to the ship. Mr. Darko said Tullow Ghana is collaborating with National Petroleum Commission to ensure that requirements of the local content law are adhered to. He explained that every contract signed has a requirement to identify Ghanaians and train them. Mr. Darko said the Jubilee project is presently producing 103 thousand barrels of oil per day. He said presently, the gas from the jubilee oil production is being re – injected into the wells and expectations are that Atuabo Gas Plant Project in the Ellembele District of the Western Region will be completed on schedule to process it.