Mr. John Kofi Donyina, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Techiman in the Brong Region has inaugurated a 7-member fact finding committee to investigate all Public-Private Partnerships (ppp) agreements in the market and other market store projects as well as circumstances which led to the collapse of a three storey market stores building on Wednesday 28th, June 2017 in the Municipality within 15 working days. He said their investigation/work would save lives and properties through the recommendations would make.

The MCE charged the committee members to do diligent work. “I charge you to do your work in good faith bearing in mind the fact that Techiman is not prepared to witness such a calamity again”, he said. He advised the committee members to be bold to their work as spelled out in the terms of reference. “In the cause your investigation, there is the likelihood that you will encounter some difficulties and hindrances but as good citizens, I expect you to be bold and do your work as spelled out in the terms of reference, no matter whose ox is gored”, he stated.

Mr. John Donyina noted that the committee was not a ‘witch hunt’, emphasizing that people from all walks of life have interest in the investigation and that they will not accept anything but the truth. “If we fail to avoid the type of calamity which befell us on Wednesday 28th, June 2017, posterity will not forgive us”, he cautioned. “You have been called to duty at a time the Techiman market is facing several challenges and I trust your integrity, ability and truthfulness”, he assured.

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The MCE noted in his inaugural address of having received several complains about developments in the market from traders and other stakeholders. He said the unfortunate collapse of the three storey market stores building which led to one death and some injured persons came as a surprise to him in particular and the people of Techiman in general on Wednesday 28th ,June 2017. He gave assurance that the committee was not a witch-hunt for any person or group of persons. The MCE in his inaugural address charged the committee to do diligent work.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference set to guide the committee’s work. These include to conduct extensive investigations into all PPP contracts and how they were awarded, find out the modalities and procedures of allocating the lockable stores and whether the materials used met the required acceptable standards.

Others include to determine the cost-benefit by the assembly, surcharge any official through violation of his/her duty, look into the proliferation of unauthorized containers at the Central market and make all necessary suggestions and recommendations for the Assembly to implement them to avoid future occurrences.

The MCE, Mr. John Donyina in his welcome address during the First Ordinary Meeting of the 7th Session of the 6th Techiman Municipal Assembly meeting held on the 22nd of June, 2017 told the August House that he had received several complaints about developments in the market and would set a 7-member fact findings committee to investigate and review all PPP projects/contracts in the market.

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Exclusive firsthand info into the several complaints, with regards to the market which was the nerve centre of Techiman revealed some serious shortcomings.

Amongst the complaints were over delay in allocation of stores to traders, several protocol stores allocation to people believed to be cronies to the Assembly and those managing the construction of the market stores and vacation of site by some of the contractors working on the market stores. Those hard hit by the vacation of site by some of the contractors are those who have paid for over 2 0r 3 years now without stores. Other complaints include extortion and lack of proper documentation (such as receipts of payments and tenancy agreements between the Assembly and occupants of Assembly’s stores). Some of the traders complaint that they do not even know exactly how much a store cost; as they continue to pay and pay more without getting stores.

Duration

The Committee has 15 working days to submit its report for action and can or may co-optany person with technical know-how to assist the committee.

 

Membership

The seven (7)-member committee to execute the investigation and submit recommendation for action is headed by DOII Michael Ato Korsah, the Municipal Fire Commander Techiman. Mr. Sulemana Bema, a Tutor at Techiman Senior High School (TESS) is the Secretary to the committee.

Others include Mr. Attakorah Amaniapong, Market Managaer; ASP. Andrews Kofi Okonengye MTTD Commander;  Mr. Oheneba Appiagyei Donkor, CEO GIFAS; Mr. Owusu Kwabena, Assembly member and Mr. Jibreel Kesse, NADMO Co-ordinator.

On behalf of the Committee members, the Chairman DOII Michael Ato Korsah pledged that he and his team will deliver on their mandate.

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Imoro T Ayibani

Techiman