- Mr. Muniru has expressed concern about the lack of safety measures at the parliament house in case of a fire outbreak
- He has urged the appropriate agencies to step in and lay down proper measures and regulations for Ghana's parliament
Abdul Aziz Muniru, the member of parliament for the Akan Constituency in the Volta Region, has warned of the looming danger at Ghana's House of Parliament.
The concerned MP stated there are no safety measures, at the parliamentary chamber, as well as the building that serves as the office complex for the MPs.
He stated in case of a fire outbreak, there are no proper safety systems in place to follow.
Mr. Muniru, according to a Starr FM report, urged the appropriate agencies to institute the necessary fire safety measures, including fire drills and regulations to ensure preparedness in the future.
"I can assure you if there should be fire some people will be tempted to jump from the top floors to the ground…I call on the interior minister to quickly work with the leadership in parliament and get the Ghana National Fire Service to come and give us a fire drill on both Job 600 and then the chamber," Mr. Muniru said.
He further expressed worry over what could happen should the parliament house ever catch fire, stating he worked at the 11th floor of the Job 600 building, where he could not be certain if he would be safely rescued.
Mr. Muniru's concerns follow the Ghana Nationa Fire Service's recent statement about being inadequately equipped to tackle fire outbreaks in high-rise buildings.
According to the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Service, Prince Billy Anaglatey, referencing the recent fire incident at the Grenfell Tower in London, should any high-rise buildings catch fire, it would be near impossible for the service to come to the rescue.
The Fire Officer explained that many new high-rise buildings went as far up as 20 floors, but the service's turntable ladder could only reach the fifth floor.
He stressed the need for adequate resources to be provided to the Fire Service, to make their work more efficient.
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