The Techiman Municipal Assembly in the Bono East Region has pulled down some public places of convenience in deplorable condition as part of efforts to enhance public safety in the Municipality, ABC News can report.
The move follows an announcement given by the Assembly weeks ago, warning that it will pull down dozens of old structures that are prone to collapse to avert disaster.
The Assembly says it has already identified more than 30 old buildings that are not in good shape and not fit for human habitation.
Two months ago, the Assembly notified persons with dilapidated structures to pull down such structures, a notice that was turned down by the owners, prompting the assembly to secure a Court order to embark on the move.
Tuesday’s demolition exercise, which saw the Assembly raze to the ground some public toilets identified as “death traps,” is in response to the increasing cases of collapsed structures in the municipality.
About two weeks ago, an 11-year-old girl died after a building collapsed on her during a heavy downpour at Twimia in Techiman, leaving his brother, who was also in the building seriously injured.
Speaking to journalists during Tuesday’s demolition exercise, the Techiman NADMO Coordinator, Eric Asiedu said the Assembly was concerned about public safety, hence the proactive steps to forestall disaster.
He said a risk assessment carried on the demolished public toilets found them to be in very bad shape, warranting demolishing.
“Our core mandate is to prevent disasters so we don’t sit down for the disaster to occur before we help the person in the form of relief items. We carried out risk assessment and we found out that the old toilets need to be demolished to avert disaster,” he said.
He added that “there are many other facilities that are in a deplorable state. We are still on the field and we are not going to demolish public toilets alone. Some of the public schools are not in good shape. From here will go to those schools to assess the nature of the schools,”
In June last year, a two-storey market store building being constructed at the Techiman Market collapsed at dawn, claiming the life of one person and injuring another.
The then Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, who visited the site, attributed the collapse of the building to shoddy work, citing the use of inferior materials in the construction of other buildings in the market.