15 January 2013

Ghana: Estate Developers Asked to Conform to Building Regulations

Sunyani — Estate Developers have been advised to conform to building regulations to enable the Ghana Fire Service (GNFS) have easy access to fight fire.

The Acting Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr. Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, gave the advice when he led members of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to inspect the damage caused by fire outbreak on the night of Thursday, January 10, this year. Properties worth thousands of Ghana Cedis were destroyed when fire gutted a house at New Town Extension, a suburb of Sunyani.

According to Mr. Nyamekye-Marfo, officers of the GNFS indicated they could have brought the fire under control, but lack of access to the building hindered their efforts, which led to massive destruction of properties.

He noted that most properties could have been protected if members of the public, particularly House owners and Estate Developers, abide strictly to the building regulations, by not building along pathways.

The Acting Regional Minister added that some members of the public also contribute to the impediment of fire fighting by putting kiosks and other unauthorized structures on pathways, which must be stopped to make the GNFS work easier.

The REGSEC members included Assistant Commander of Police, (ACP) Robert Ayalingo, Regional Police Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Cornelius Kobina Lithur, Commanding Officer of Third Garrison Battalion and Mr. Kwame Larbi Apraku, Regional Fire Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service.

Though the source of the fire is yet to be established, some of the victims in the house alleged it was ignited by a candle lighted by one of the tenants.

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