The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) says it has commenced processes to meter all fire hydrants in the country.
This, according to the company, will check the illegal drawing and sale of water from the hydrants by employees of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS).
The service had alleged that low pressure in the hydrants was a major challenge in fighting Monday’s Makola fire.
But Chief Manager in charge of Communications the Water Company, Stanley Martey, says all hydrants in the country will be metered.
“We have begun metering all the hydrants in the country to monitor how water is drawn from there”, he said.
Earlier the GWCL had accused (GNFS) of selling water from hydrants meant for firefighting.
In what appears to be evolving into a full-blown squabble between the two essential service providers over who is to blame for challenges in fighting Monday’s fire in the Central Business District of Accra, the state utility company said it has satisfied all of its obligations towards assisting the Fire Service do its job.
Speaking to Joy News, Chief Manager of the GWCL in charge of Accra East Region, Engineer Emmanuel Johnson, said the company could not be blamed for the inefficiencies of the Fire Service.
“It is public knowledge that the tenders meant for firefighting are being abused. In addition, evidence abounds across the country on how some personnel from the Fire Service draw water from the hydrants and sell to the general public”, he alleged.
He continued to say, “GWCL as a company cannot be dragged into the Makola market fire brouhaha because there are enough hydrants at the central business district. So they must accept responsibility for failing to quench the Makola Fire,” he said.
The blaze, which ravaged a three-storey building housing 108 shops, took about 72 hours to douse completely. At the heart of the difficulty in dealing with the fire was strained access to a fire hydrant. Scores of the traders at the scene of the fire blamed the Fire Service for not being responsive.
“It started as a small fire, we went to call them, and they said they did not have water. How can that be?” one of the angry traders quizzed.
Meanwhile, PRO for the Fire Service DO1 Ellis Robinson Okoe explained that low pressure in the fire hydrants within the area greatly impeded their efforts in fighting the fire.
“It is unfortunate; all the hydrants within the Central business district have low pressure. So we had to go to other areas like Circle and Alajo to fill the tenders”, he said.
When asked why the low-pressure problem had not been fixed, he said, “we all know that we pay a certain one per cent to Ghana Water Company. So if any of the GWCL officials are here, they can answer”.
Subsequently, Chief Fire Officer at the GNFS, Edwin Ekow Blankson, also alleged that all fire hydrants within the central business district had been sealed since 1992.
But Emmanuel Johnson said the account by the Fire Service could not be true.
He said there are 70 hydrants within the Accra East Region, with 11 of them in the Makola area alone, arguing that it cannot be possible that the hydrants have been dysfunctional.
“GWCL can never be blamed in any way for the inability of the GNFS to fight or douse the fire on Monday to the expectation of the general public”, he said.
He continued to say, “the GNFS should therefore adhere to their standard procedures. Actually, they need to check all their hydrants and make sure there is water in them and stop blaming other people for their insufficiencies.”
- Popular televangelist who discouraged vaccination dies after contracting Covid-19
- I fear for my life in the Parliamentary Chamber – Afenyo-Markin
- 2021 National Best Farmer urges youth to venture into Agriculture
- 2022 Budget: Bagbin gave up on mediation effort for fear of attacks from Kevin Taylor – Afenyo-Markin
- Overall Best Farmer in Accra Metropolis honoured with Polytank, fertilizers, insecticides, seeds
- ‘They can come anytime and ask us to leave’ – Accra’s remaining farmers battling for land
- Covid-19: Airport protocols remain unchanged, surveillance heighten – Dacosta Aboagye
- Playback: Newsfile discusses how the war on 2022 budget will end
- Government announces 50% interest rate subsidy on loans for agribusinesses
- Debate over 2022 Budget is Parliament at its best – Kofi Bentil
Present a 4-year development plan for your areas – North Tongu DCE to traditional authorities
Amansie South DCE urges chiefs to make lands available for farmers
AC Milan move top of Serie A – and pay tribute to injured Kjaer
There is consensus on E-levy, we only differ on percentages – Afenyo-Markin
Injury-time Origi winner at Wolves sends Liverpool top
Jerry Detse Mensah-Pah: Promoting harmonious industrial peace – The role of government
Weekly wrap: 2022 Budget approval chaos, power crisis in Ashanti Region
Consolidate gains made in Planting for Food and Jobs – Abuakwa South MCE urges farmers
Police shoot dead one robber, 3 others arrested in Ashanti Region
Parents of alleged Michigan school shooter arrested after manhunt
Kosmos Innovation Centre launches new program with first pitch in Agritech Challenge ‘Pro’ Competition
NDC MPs making a U-turn on E-levy disgraceful – Afenyo-Markin
Take steps to provide information manuals to facilitate access to information – RTI Executive Secretary
ECG’s monthly exercise to clamp down on power theft
Livestream: Maiden MUSIGA Presidential Debate underway