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“We are living in absolute fear because our numerous complaints to the authorities of Asuogyaman District Assembly about the deep cracks that have developed in almost all parts of the Departments of Labour, Cooperative, National Youth Authority and Town and Country Planning office buildings have fallen on deaf ears…the authorities ignore the problems, but we fear one day our office buildings will collapse on us,” workers of Asuogyaman District Assembly in the Eastern region told Today.

According to the workers, they cannot fathom why they should be living in a state of anxiety in their departments whilst the authorities expect them to work in these death trap facilities.

They workers pointed out that the Asuogyaman District Assembly, Labour, Cooperative Department, National Youth Authority and Town and Country Planning office buildings which were built as far back as 1974 have not seen any rehabilitation.

The distraught workers displayed to this reporter some pieces of concrete that had come off the various office buildings of the Assembly.

In a recent visit to Asuogyaman District, Today observed that deep cracks had developed also on all the buildings of the various offices which needed urgent repairs as they had become death traps, posing risks to workers and members of the public who access the facilities for services.

According to report available to Today, parts of the buildings which were constructed during the colonial era were on the verge of collapse and could give way anytime soon unless steps were taken to fix the structures, parts of which were wooden.

It was obvious upon closer examination that the cracks had developed over the years due to lack of maintenance by the authorities.

Cracks were also noticeable in some departments and on other buildings used by the workers and directors of the assembly.

In some instances it was discovered that there had been partial attempts to spread mortar over some of the cracks, but these had been badly done.

When Today contacted the District Chief Executive (DCE,) Mr. Thomas Ampem Nyarko, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, he declined to comment on the matter.

But he was quick to tell this reporter that: “Please I am in the middle of a meeting so can you call me back in an hour’s time.”

However, when we tried reaching him an hour later Mr. Ampem Nyarko via tex messages he failed to respond to our queries.
Source: Today

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