On Saturday, September 23, a three-story building that was under construction behind Ofankor market near Asofan suddenly collapsed, triggering uncertainty about the cause, though some sources attribute it to the heavy rains.
Fortunately, there were no reported casualties in the incident.
Reportedly, one of the laborers on the construction site noticed signs of an impending collapse and promptly alerted everyone, ensuring a safe evacuation.
The Ghana National Fire Service‘s Public Relations Department has initiated an investigation into the collapse’s cause, but the presence of a valid building permit remains unconfirmed.
ADO1 Alex King Nartey, the spokesperson for the GNFS, expressed reservations regarding the quality of materials employed in the construction process.
“The tenants said there was no one trapped in the building. They said for about six months now, no work has been going on in the building. But then, when we talked to a neighbour who said there was someone plastering and when he figured out that the building was about to collapse, he came out and called people out. So it’s contradictory, I think the tenants are being economical with the truth obviously to protect their landlady” he stated.
Nartey added that “the actual cause of the collapse has not been established, but I doubt if proper building materials were used or precautions were adhered to. The tenants were attributing it to yesterday’s rains, but that shouldn’t be the case of bringing a whole building down.”