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Rockson Dogbegah

The Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Ghana, Rockson Dogbegah, has backed calls for thorough investigation into the recent collapse of a six-storey building at Nii Boi Town, Accra.

He said those found guilt should be sanctioned.

Mr. Dogbegah disclosed this while reacting to news of the collapse of the building, which led to the death of an individual last Thursday in Accra.

It is only when people are made to account for their negligence that that these avoidable fatal accidents can be prevented, he said.

The CIOB Ghana Chairman noted that failure to openly punish people whose negligence caused the previous building collapse, had encouraged others to commit similar blunders.

He noted that the incident had cast a slur on the country and exposed the weakness of institutions in the country.

It would be recalled that in 2012 some 14 people lost their lives after a six-storey Melcom Shopping Centre collapsed.

However, since that tragic accident, other buildings have collapsed in the country.

Mr. Dogbegah completely condemned the development and called on built environment professionals to launch persistent crusade to end this level of negligence once and for all.

A committee has been set up to investigate the latest incident.

Mr. Dogbegah said if no one or group of people are held responsible and punished for the incident, public confidence in authorities would wane and could be a recipe for disaster.

The CIOB Ghana Chair, who also doubles as the Vice President of CIOB Africa, said similar accidents in other countries led to reforms and huge transformation of the construction industry.

He wondered why Ghana had failed to learn from these avoidable accidents.

Laws and regulations guiding the construction industry are generally ignored which normally result in such accidents.

While calling for the culprits to be sanctioned, Mr. Dogbegah also urged government to streamline the processes involved in land acquisition and registration, as well as the process of securing building permits so as to encourage people to follow due process.

He said the current laborious bureaucratic process, which takes several months and more to complete, also encourages people to disregard the regulations.

He also complained about the human resource available for supervision, saying it is inadequate and ?so we are pretending to be enforcing the laws when it is clear the story on the ground is far from right.

By Samuel Boadi

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