The Melcom Group of companies in Ghana has expressed disappointed in state institutions legally mandated to provide an enabling environment for individuals, business and investors to operate freely.
Their disappointment stems from the fact that, the owner of the collapsed story building that killed about 14 people, injured over 50 people with extensive damage to properties worth thousands of Ghana Cedis at Achimota in Accra about five years ago is walking a free man.
Addressing journalists in Accra, Director of Communications of the Melcom Group, Godwin Avenorgbo said,
“It is very disappointing that in the face of these obvious failures, the owner of the structure that collapsed, causing death, injury and loss of business has not been brought to book under the laws of Ghana. Melcom as an investor operates within the laws of Ghana and we expect that the same law should protect our investment as security and incentive for growing our business for the larger benefit of the economy”.
He said the support and protection that the local investor enjoys serves as a catalyst to whip up interest in External Investor.
He therefore charged the relevant state agencies to make public the investigative report conducted some five years ago after the collapsed of the Achimota Melcom Building so as to send the right signals to foreign investors in the Country.
“Five years on, Melcom as an investor creating jobs in Ghana is concerned that not a single investigative report on the collapse of that property (owned by one Nana Kwesi Boadu, Director of Kinsadus Company) has been released.
“Five years is obviously too long for any business house or entity which suffered such huge losses in human and material resources to look on helplessly while the inaction of state agencies allow the culprit freedom without any penalty to serve as a deterrent,” he stated.
A visibly worried former celebrated broadcaster wants to know from the City Authorities and law enforcement
“was the construction covered by a building permit by the relevant state agencies? Was soil test conducted before such huge 6 story building was put up? Was a qualified structural engineer contracted for the project? And, were the building materials used of the right specification and mix?” He was hopeful that someone in authority would come out with answers to these questions.
Source: Francis Edzorna Mensah || ghananewsonline.com.gh