By Cecil Mensah
Assembly members in the eleven Sub-metro of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), have pledged their support for the interdiction of three of its building inspectors in the Okaikoi Sub – metro of the Greater Accra Region for their inactions in the collapse of the six storey- building in Nii boi Town last week.
The interdiction was as a results of a crunch meeting held by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AMA, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije and the Assembly, which called for the three building inspectors to be interdict ed pending investigations while the owner was also handed over to the police for further investigations.
The names of the three building inspectors (has been withheld )for security reasons even though their names have been handed over to the police.
Mr Isaac Bright Assay, the spokesperson for the Assembly members and Assembly member for New Mamprobi Electoral area made this disclosure at a
press conference in Accra.
According to him, it has become imperative for the Assembly to enlighten the general public on the activities of the Assembly and subsequent actions of the Mayor to restore sanity in the building industry and forestall future occurrences such collapses in the city.
He added that as part of the measures , the Mayor has directed that all building inspectors are to issue warning notices on developments without requisite building permits when cited.
Building inspectors are to report to the director of works of the Assembly or the MCE he maintained.
He said building inspectors will sign an undertaken to abide by the directives and failure to do so would lead to severe sanctions .
He noted that complaints have come to the notice of the Mayor and measures are being made to institute Friday as an inspection day ,where a team of heads of departments , sub- metro directors and chairpersons to embark on inspections of buildings with stop work notices.
He said the Accra planning Committee had always reiterated the need for building inspectors to report all dangerous buildings and developments without permits for necessary action to be taken.
He noted that with effect from next month all high rise buildings will be inspected by the officials at the head office not members of the sub – metro.
He said all these steps taken by the Mayor was to afford building inspectors the opportunity to report on such developments to forestall such man made disasters from occurring .
Upon this premise, he expressed members continue support for the Mayor’s taken to forestall sanity in the building industry.
The members expressed their heartfelt. Condolence for the bereaved families and reminded all building inspectors to report all suspected developments to the director of Works, the Public Relations Officer and the Client Service of the Assembly for the appropriate action to taken against property developers and contractors who fail to use the right quantities of building materials would be prosecuted.