Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has debunked allegations by the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) that the company is to blame for GNFS’s inability to fight the Makola fire a few days ago.
According to GWCL, GNFS has been selling water from the hydrants meant for fighting fire to the public hence they (GWCL) cannot be blamed for the Makola inferno.
This was disclosed at a news Conference in Accra on Thursday addressed by the Regional Chief Manager of Accra region, Eng. Emmanuel Johnson.
“GWCL has had several arrangements with GNFS and have questioned them from fetching water from the hydrants and selling to the public”, Ing. Johnson emphasized.
He added that “even people from their own office volunteer to give us information that they are abusing the water”.
The Regional Manager also refuted allegations by the GNFS that the fire hydrants in the region have been sealed adding that “all the hydrants are working and available”.
He also indicated that in 2018 when there was fire, they requested of GNFS to conduct an audit of all fire hydrants but they (GNFS) failed to honor the request.
“The Fire Service must rather check their standard operating procedure i.e checking the fire hydrant to know whether they are functioning or not”, the Ing Johnson stressed.
He therefore entreated the GNFS to stop the blame game and shoulder the responsibility for their shortfalls rather than shifting it on GWCL which he said has made water available in all the hydrants.
“On the 5th of July 2021, when the building at Makola was on fire, GWCL was surprised to see Fire Tenders of the GNFS trooping into the Accra East regional office to fetch water to combat the fire; when there was water flowing within the whole central business district and the fire hydrants were all in good condition”, Ing. Johnson stressed.
Present at the Press Conference were Ing. Dr. Clifford Abdella who is the MD of GWCL, Mrs. Salomey Tom who is the Accra central district manager, Ing. Paul Akpanya who is the regional district manager, Accra East region, Mr. Stanley Martey, Chief Communications Manager.