Melcom denies turning top floor of building into warehouse

Source: 
Ghana | RadioXYZonline.com

Management of Department Store Melcom has denied turning the top floor of its collapsed six-storey Achimota branch into a store house.
 
The owner of the building, Nana Boadu Nkansah Ayeboafo blamed the collapse of the building on the use of its top floor as a ware house.
 
The disaster killed 14 people with several others sustaining serious injured. In total 81 people were involved in the disaster.
 
Public Relations Officer of Melcom Richmond Oduro Kwarteng told Journalists at a news conference that the property owner’s claims are baseless.
 
Richmond Kwarteng also denied reports there were gaping defects in the building prior to the accident.
 
The company insists it had a permit from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly despite the insistence by the Accra Mayor to the contrary.
 
It added that their staffs are protected by the labour law and workman’s compensations act.
 
Meanwhile, more philanthropists have donated items ranging from food to first aid materials to survivors of the Melcom Mall disaster.
 
Among the donors are Pealico Enterprise and the Women organization of Accra New-town.
 
Leaders of the groups told XYZ News that their action was motivated by the sad manner in which 14 people lost their lives in the disaster.