General News of Friday, 9 November 2012

Source: Bernard Bamah

Melcom Disaster: BNI hunts for owner of collapsed building

The Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) has mounted a search for the owner of the collapsed Melcom building at Achimota and the contractors who constructed the building.

The Co-Managing Director of Melcom, Ramesh Sadhwani and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly's (AMA) Director of Works, Victor Mensah were earlier arrested by the BNI to assist in investigations following a directive by President John Mahama.

In an interview with Citi Fm in Accra, Deputy Information Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa explained that the arrest of the owner is critical to the ongoing investigations.

He said: “It is important to note that Melcom were tenants in the building and the main owner who constructed the building and indeed the contractors he used are still being sought after by the BNI.”

According to him, the BNI is expected to present a report on the investigations to President Mahama for further action to be carried out.

“The BNI is confident they will get the owner of the building and they are still pursuing him and as and when the BNI lay hands on him, we will let the good people of Ghana know,” he added.