Danger Looms At Power Ministry

A careful view of the physical structure of the Twin Ministry, the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Power by The Punch reveals some deep cracks on the inside walls of the building which is considered not fit for habitation of human lives.

The paper discovered that floors of the storey building have developed major cracks especially in the corridors which host constant movements of workers and visitors.

The cracks on the floors and walls of the building are so visible that one wonders if those who are in-charge care about preservation of public office buildings and maintenance.

Efforts made to speak to officials of the Ministry proved futile as Mr. Bawa, the Head of Communications Department was not available for comment and his mobile phone was also unreachable at press time.

We wish to make it clear that this publication is not an indictment on management of the Twin Ministry however, the essential point is to raise an alarm for authorities to act swiftly in order to save lives and property from perishing.

It is trite knowledge to state that lack of maintenance and supervision is a major factor which has compelled many projects in the country to collapse at an incipient stage.

A deep throat told this paper that she believes the problem is also due to the duplicity or sheer over-lapping nature of the functions of each of the ministries.

“whilst the Power Ministry think that its previous” parent “Ministry i.e. the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum should repair those cracks, the Ministry of Energy [previously Ministry of Energy and Petroleum thinks it must be a shared responsibility akin to the local popular expression-“se wo aso awarea, to wo prete”-meaning in English, “If you think you are of marriageable age, then be prepared to own your own cooking utensils.”

It would be recalled that in recent times, many lives and property were lost while others got trapped under collapsed buildings owing to negligence.

This comes at a huge cost to the state through the clearing of debris and rescue of survivors.

Between 2012 and 2014, Accra, the capital city of Ghana, officially recorded four major building collapses that claimed a total of 19 lives.

The Melcom building collapse near Achimota in 2012 claimed 14 lives whereas the Grand View Hotel building collapse at Nii-Boi Town in 2014 recorded four deaths.

There was a multi-storey building collapse in Cantonments that recorded three deaths in 2015.

Two other buildings collapsed in 2014; the building near Akai House at Cantonments claimed one life. The Central University hostel at Dawhenya also collapsed even though there was no fatality.

A report on Daily Graphic online indicated that, “in Ghana, almost all structural failures could be attributed to a man-made phenomenon.”

Experts say, “these man-made phenomena are very noticeable and the commonest in our construction industry that usually contribute to structural failure include lack of soil type investigation, poor building design and planning, use of inferior or sub-standard building materials, weak supervision, use of incompetent contractors, and lack of enforcement of building standards and codes.”

One is at a loss as to when the two ministries-one for Power and the other for Energy, would wake up to their responsibilities and act on the matter before it is too late.

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