20 November 2012

Ghana: Melcom Management Pledges Support for Disaster Victims

THE MANAGEMENT of Melcom Ghana Limited has debunked initial rumours peddled in the media that it kept heavy duty equipment on the top floors of the building, which resulted in the unfortunate collapse.

The company observed that such an assertion was neither here nor there, maintaining that it does not hoard goods in its retail shops, since it has a separate warehouse, located two kilometers away from the collapsed building where its goods are stored.

The company's position has also been reaffirmed by the 11-member committee set up by Ghana Institute of Engineers, which blamed the disaster on the use of substandard materials for the construction.

Aside this, the management of the company contends it does not deal with heavy duty goods to warrant a supposed warning from the owner of the building about an imminent effect which were bandied around in the media.

Maintaining its impregnable business records in Ghana, the Regional Manager of the company, Mr. Davis, at a media briefing in Kumasi, said the company totally regrets the incident and would do everything it could to ensure that affected individuals are taken care of.

He gave the full assurance that the company will take the necessary steps to ensure that its staff and other customers, who were affected in the recent disaster at Achimota, are taken good care of.

"The company has put the necessary measures in place to take care of victims and families whose relatives died in the unfortunate incident which occurred few weeks ago" he noted.

According to the management of the company, every necessary plan, including insurance packages, medical bills and other welfare packages required have been put in place.

It noted that the representatives of the company were in constant touch with all the medical teams at the various hospitals to fully understand the scale of treatment required and the need to take things further if necessary.

A tragic incident struck the nation on Wednesday, November 7 when the building housing the Achimota branch of the company collapsed unexpectedly, resulting in the death of 14 people with several others sustaining injuries.

The Regional Manager of Melcom Ghana Limited said since the incident occurred, all energies and resources had been directed to take care of casualties and survivors of the incident.

Mr. Davis, therefore, allayed the fears and apprehensions of customers and encouraged them to continue to do business with the company.

He said Melcom had always maintained highest business ethics and would not in any way compromise on that as a result of the incident, stressing that the incident has only alerted them to continue to enhance its efforts at ensuring good corporate practices.

Admitting though that the disaster had had both psychological and physical effects on its business, the Regional Marketing Manager of the company, Mr. Prince O. Agyemang, said the company was not currently thinking about losses but rather was more concerned about the victims and survivors of the unfortunate incident.

Meanwhile, the company has expressed gratitude to individuals and organizations including the President, His Excellency John Mahama, the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo, the military, fire service and others for their support and hardwork in the course of the rescue operation.

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