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Do not engage uncertified development practitioners, GNFS say

The GNFS has called on the Engineering Council and relevant stakeholders to conduct investigations with recommendations to address the problem

The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), has urged land developers to desist from engaging the services of uncertified development practitioners to avoid loss of lives and property.

A news statement signed by Timothy Osafo Affum, head of public relations of the GNFS, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said structural collapses of buildings under construction is due to weak foundations.

He said reduction in reinforcements and concrete strength, failure to perform strength tests, poor supervision and the use of refurbished building materials constitute threat to lives and property

The statement said eight separate structural collapses have been recorded in three regions within the past four months, resulting in two deaths and 62 injuries.

The Greater Accra Region recorded six cases while the Ashanti and Northern Regions recorded a case each.

The GNFS has called on the Engineering Council and relevant stakeholders to conduct investigations with recommendations to address the problem.

The Service has urged land developers to go through the appropriate process of securing building or construction permits for their projects.

It said stakeholders should partner all metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to enforce all building regulations to crack the whip on land developers who flout structural integrity and safety provisions.

 

 

 

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