The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has declared fire equipment installed at the New Kejetia Project safe and ready for operation under all circumstances.
This declaration was made when some personnel from the National Fire Service visited the site on Wednesday April, 24, 2019 to inspect all fire equipment installed at the project site as well as the fire post ahead of the official opening of the project.
The National Chief fire Officer, Mr. Edwin Ekow Blankson in a speech commended the Messrs Contracta Engeharia Ltd, a Brazilian construction firm executing the project for their tremendous work done. Also, making the Fire service as their number one priority as far as construction of the project was concerned.
The Chief Officer further declared that per the measures being put in place at the site, GNFS will not be found wanting when there is a fire outbreak, adding by advising all the various shop owners to be much careful to help prevent fire outbreaks at the site.
The first phase of the Multi-million Dollar project which started on July 14, 2015 and yet to be commissioned was on a Design, Build, Operate and Transfer (DBO&T) basis at an estimated cost of US$259,425,000.
This was a project made possible by the Ghanaian government with the partnership and financing of the Brazilian government; with all the structural components and other materials for the project imported from Brazil.
The first of the three-phase project consists of over 8400 shops, the general infrastructure like Fire Station, Police Post, Post Office, Clinic, Creche, roads and transport system, drain system, Market Infrastructure detailed as parking lot, transport terminals, community facilities and market construction; namely the technical, stalls and circulations and the metallic roofing, was expected to facilitate economic and trading activities.
Significantly, the facility is designed to accommodate 300,000 people when it is full to capacity, but it is equipped with technology and measures put in place to evacuate everyone in 12 minutes in case of emergencies such as fire outbreaks.
The Brazilian Firm in charge of the facility will be managing it for two year after commissioning. The Management of the facility after the two years period will be in a purview of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA).
Story By: Kesse Alfred