The President of Ghana Institute of Architects (GIA), Arch. Richard Dadey and the Executive Director of Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE), Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, have led a team of Engineers and Architects to visit the accident scene of the Dzorwulu Primary school which collapsed last Saturday, 28th September, 2019.
Barely twenty four hours after the one storey structure collapsed on the Dzorwulu primary school compound, officials of the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly moved in to clear the debris.
By Monday, school was in session and the rubble completely cleared. Two persons died during the disaster while nine others were injured. While the assembly opens investigations into the incident, the institute of engineering and architects have raised concerns over the speed with which the debris was cleared.
President of the Institute of Architects, Arch. Richard Dadey said, the area should have been cordoned off for professionals to carry out investigations into the course of the collapse.
“During a visit to the site, very little by way of traces of block material and metal works could be seen. This, according to the institute, is cause for worry, considering two lives were lost in the disaster”, Arch. Dadey added.
The Executive Director of the Ghana Institution of Engineering, Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong however said though the building materials and other debris have been cleared, the two institutions would carry out an inquest into the cause of the collapse. He also faulted the police for allowing evidence to be compromised.
The two bodies after meeting the Municipal Chief Executive of the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly, expressed their disappointment over the way the aftermath of the disaster was handled. The bodies hope to conclude their inquest into the incident in three weeks to trigger reforms at the assembly to forestall future incidents.
The collapsed building was being built by Accra Friendship Club, a philanthropic group, as a free gift to the community.
In her response, the MCE of Ayawaso West Municipality, Hon. Sandra Owusu Ahinkorah explained that the incident happened on a Saturday so school children were not at the school premises. She mentioned that so far 2 labourers have been confirmed dead, 8 treated and discharged and 5 in various stages of recuperating. She informed the team that upon inspection by NADMO and Municipal Security Council (MUSEC), it was advised that the site should be cleared immediately to enable the children to attend school on the following Monday. The MCE and her Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Joshua Adams Asihene, assured the two bodies that the assembly would avail itself for any investigation and would be in constant touch with them to avoid future occurrences. The team, which included Ing. Nii Armah Tagoe, Structural Engineer, Ing, Yeboah Asamoah Twum, Civil/Structural Engineer and Arch. Augustus Richardson, Honorary Secretary of GIA, expressed their deepest condolences to the bereaved families and quick recovery for those receiving treatment.