16 November 2012

Ghana: AMA Building Inspector Arrested

The recent collapse of the Achimota branch of Melcom building, which killed about 14 people and injured many others has awakened the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and its Chief Executive, Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, from their slumber.

The Mayor, yesterday ordered a Rambo style arrest of one of its building inspectors, Mr. Christian Ababio, who he allegedly accused of collecting GH¢3,550 bribe from a developer, and allowed him to build without permit.

The Mayor, who was addressing a news conference in Accra yesterday, to launch the Achimota Melcom Disaster Fund, stopped in the middle of his address and told the journalists that whilst driving through the city after the disaster had struck, he came across a six-storey building at Nyamekye, a suburb of Accra, which was still under construction.

When he enquired from the owner whether he had permit, he responded in the negative, so he asked him (building Owner) to report to him (mayor) in two hours' time at his office, but the building owner responded to the call within an hour.

In the cause of interrogation, the building owner told the mayor that Mr. Christian Ababio took a bribe of GH¢3,550 from him and asked him to proceed with the work.

After the narration of the story, Dr. Vanderpuije in a dramatic fashion called Christian Ababio, who was also at the press conference and ordered the police to arrest him, which they did by hand cuffing his hands at the back, and drove him away.

The action of the mayor sent shivers down the spine of the rest of the building inspectors present.

Dr. Vanderpuije warned his outfit that he will not allow the building inspectors to turn themselves into building agents and help developers to breach the assembly bye laws.

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