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Seven Injured as Word In Action Church Building Collapses: Church Administrator Expresses Shock As There Were No Signs Of Cracks

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A three-storey building of the Word In Action Church collapsed on Sunday, May 9, at Old Bortianor in the Ga South Municipality in Accra. The building was undergoing an extension project when the incident occurred, injuring seven workers who were on site. The injured workers heard an unusual noise and attempted to escape, but the building collapsed before they could get to safety. Witnesses reported that one of the injured persons was hit hard by falling pillars. The injured were rushed to Bortianor Polyclinic for treatment, with one critically injured worker transferred to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. The cause of the building collapse is yet to be ascertained.

Speaking to the media, Matilda Asamoah, one of the administrators of the church, expressed shock at the situation. She stated that they did not notice any cracks or signs of weakness when they worshipped at the building the previous day. She expressed surprise at the suddenness of the building’s collapse, noting that there were no indications of an imminent disaster. Wonder Matthew, deputy NADMO director for Ga South, also commented on the incident. He stated that engineers are currently working to determine the cause of the collapse and that a full assessment of the situation will be carried out.

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In recent times, the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry has expressed concern over the increasing number of building collapses in the country. The Chamber has blamed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) for the collapse of four ongoing building projects in less than two weeks. According to the Chamber, the failure of MMDAs to effectively assess the work of land developers who intend to put up buildings is a major cause of these disasters. The CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry, Emmanuel Cherry, has called on authorities to crack down on land developers who flout structural integrity rules.

For the most part, the recent collapse of buildings in Ghana is due to some land developers who hire quack engineers to supervise construction works. These quacks cut corners when putting up projects, leading to structural failures that endanger the lives of workers and residents. To address this menace, the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry has called for stakeholder engagements to find a lasting solution to the problem. The recent building collapse at the Word In Action Church serves as a reminder of the importance of adhering to proper building standards and ensuring that buildings are safe for occupation.

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