A board member of the Ghana Engineering Council, Prof. Mark Adom-Asamoah, has cautioned occupants of public buildings that buildings with low structural standards would have to be pulled down immediately after a failed structural integrity test.
According to the Engineering Council Board, some structures will also be repaired as part of a structural integrity test of public buildings across the country.
Professor Adom-Asamoah made these comments after the Minister of Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, swore in the new Board of Directors of the Ghana Engineering Council on Thursday, April 4, 2021.
The Engineering Council will conduct structural integrity test on all public buildings following an instruction from the Ministry of Works and Housing. The minister stated that this is necessary to prepare for any potential earthquake threats in the country.
"Even in the developed world buildings that were developed in the 1940s didn't have certain factors considered but then as other buildings collapsed then we decided to look at what had to be done. So what it then actually means is that we have buildings that have been built longer and we always need to revise," Professor Adom-Asamoah said.
He explained further that the engineering council will do due diligence work and, depending on a particular building, the council will advise the Ministry of Works and Housing on the necessary recommendations.
The board has put together a team of professional engineers comprising structural engineers, geological engineers, technical engineers, and earthquake engineers in the team as well.
Professor Adom-Asamoah didn’t hesitate to add that the council is currently working on a budget and, once everything is done, they will contact the honorable Minister for Works and Housing and then continue the necessary implementations.
Source:Abdul-Razak Mohammed (Real Estate Times Africa)