A 22-storey building under construction at the Airport Residential Area has collapsed, injuring workers who were on the site.
The construction of this building, adjacent the Association International School (AIS), expected to house shopping malls and other facilities when completed, became a source of concern to residents and motorist in the area about 2 years ago.
In 2019, after a series of complaints by the school and some residents, the Roads Minister Kwasi Amoako-Atta visited the site and led his team to demolish a concrete barricade that had been erected by the developers, believed to be Turkish.
The construction of the building had affected sections of the school’s foundation creating cracks and causing environmental pollution to the residents of the area.
Although the Roads Minister called for the arrest of the contractor working on the project, construction seems to have continued on the project.
The school also 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.
Reacting to the partial collapse of the structure, the Headmistress of Association International School, Audrey Doryumu commiserated with the victims, however, added that the incident is proof that the structure was not statically determinate.
“This is exactly what I have been talking about, the danger that this 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.”
Owing to that, she called for construction on the project to be stopped as the building lacks structural integrity.
Meanwhile, the workers have been rushed to the Nyaho clinic.
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