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Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry Calls for Stricter Regulations on Land Developers

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The Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry has blamed the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) for the recent spate of collapsed buildings in the country. According to the Chamber, the MMDAs have failed to effectively assess the work of land developers intending to erect buildings, leading to structural integrity issues.

Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry, Mr. Emmanuel Cherry, stated in an interview that some land developers engage quack engineers to supervise construction works, leading to shortcuts in building projects. He also called on authorities to take action against land developers who flout structural integrity rules, emphasizing that the country has advanced technologies that can only be manned by professionals.

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Mr. Cherry identified the ineffective assessment of work by some MMDAs as another significant challenge in the industry, noting that until the authorities crack down on these practices, the problem of collapsed buildings will persist. He urged the government to implement stricter regulations on land developers to ensure that they hire skilled workers and adhere to structural integrity rules.

The Chamber has scheduled a stakeholder engagement next week to address the concerns of the industry. During the engagement, stakeholders will make necessary observations and recommendations to improve the industry’s practices. Mr. Cherry hinted that the stakeholders would take responsibility for any faults on their part, including those by government agencies.

For the most part, the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry’s call for stricter regulations on land developers is an urgent one, given the recent spate of collapsed buildings in the country. It is imperative that the government takes swift action to ensure that land developers adhere to structural integrity rules and hire skilled workers to supervise construction works.

In a nutshell, the Ghanaian government needs to prioritize the safety of its citizens by implementing stricter regulations on land developers. The government must work closely with the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the necessary regulations are put in place to prevent future incidents of collapsed buildings in the country.

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