Barely a month after the inauguration of the State Tower Block to provide office accommodation for Members of Parliament of Ghana, the quality of the edifice, popularly known as Job 600, has been brought to question.
The roof of the magnificent office complex has started leaking anytime it rains, a situation inside sources say, has affected some facilities that help to enhance mobility in the building.
The Chronicle is well informed that any time it rains, water seeps into some of the electric motors that drive the traction cables and counterweight systems of the elevators in the building, making them difficult to operate.
Two out of the six elevators in the refurbished office complex are currently not operating as a result of the above mentioned problem. The paper can also report that the newly installed security scanner at the entrance of the office complex is not functioning. Security personnel detailed at the point of entry are left with no option than to restrict visitors to physical body checks.
The Speaker, The Chronicle understands, is not happy with the situation and has, therefore called the managers of the facility to swiftly ensure that all the facilitates that are not functioning are repaired or replaced.
He has also called officials of the China State Hauling Construction Company Limited, the firm that refurbished the office complex for questioning.
On November 7, 2015, President John Dramani Mahama inaugurated the complex to provide office accommodation for 252 Members of the house. The facility also boost of a three hundred seater auditorium, a gym, restaurant, a clinic, a mosque, a fire station, VIP common room, video conferencing room and banks. It would also house the Parliamentary Training Institute.
Refurbishment of the facility, which was built by former President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for the organization of the African Unity (AU) conference, was expected to have been competed in August 2012 after taking off in April 2010.
However, delays in the release of funds largely accounted for the postponement of the completion of the project which was initially pegged to cost the tax payer US$63 million.
Source: The Chronicle
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