A portion of a 22-storey building under construction has collapsed injuring some of the workers at the Airport Residential Area. It occurred close to the Association International School and the injured have since been rushed to the Nyaho clinic.
The Headmistress of the Association International School, Audrey Doryumu in a Citi News interview monitored by NewsTodayGh.com said while she commiserates with the victims of the accident, the development comes to confirm their claims and concerns about the facility being constructed without due diligence.
She said the relevant state agencies must as a matter of urgency order for a halt of the construction work.
“This is exactly what I have been talking about, the danger that this [project] poses to our children, and the school and those around here. Using incompetent building practices putting up such a building and this is what has happened.”
“I want those who are supposed to be monitoring to close the site down because they are not following the best practices, and they are eager to build this so quickly that they have thrown caution to the wind,” she said.
The construction of the multistorey building has been opposed by some residents and headmistress of Association International School who insist that the construction lacks structural integrity.
It will be recalled that in 2019, some residents of the area registered their displeasure at the development being undertaken by a Turkish Construction Company.
Among their concerns at the time was that there was no work permit and that the construction poses a threat to them.
The headmistress, Audrey Doryumu at the time complained saying,
“the debris, the dust, the air conditions in the school are going out regularly because the dust is just too much in the atmosphere. People are having chest infections, a lot of children are going home because it causes asthma, and even just the threat of having that kind of building just in close-proximity, obviously no consultation has been done”.
The school subsequently secured an interim injunction against the Turkish contractor, but that was dismissed by an Accra High Court presided over by Justice Afua Novisi Aryene later on.
It will also be recalled that in December 2019, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta ordered the demolition of the structure and caused the immediate arrest of the contractor and workers on site.
The move followed numerous complaints from residents in the community that the developer had destroyed portions of a major road in the area.