Mayor Sowah visits Accra Academy fire disaster scene


The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, on Thursday visited Accra Academy after a fire had gutted some halls in the school to ascertain the extent of the damage.

The fire which was said to have started at around 7 pm on Wednesday reportedly engulfed parts of some dormitories – Alema and Halm Addo halls whilst the students were in their classrooms during prep time.

The Mayor who was accompanied by the management of assembly expressed the worry over the unfortunate incident and assured the government's support to rebuild the damaged facility.

"Fortunately government has assured us that rebuilding the facility is going to be a priority project and that funds has been allocated to ensure that it is done as soon as possible,” he said.

He urged the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to expedite investigation into the cause of the fire to make way for the reconstruction of the dormitories.

He also called on contractors working on the construction of additional dormitories in the school to speed up the process to ease the pressure of existing facilities in the school.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Adu Twum who was also at the scene to inspect the extent of damage assured that the Minister was concerned about the incident and had directed that the reconstruction of the damaged dormitories began in earnest.

He also pointed out that enough funds had been allocated for the school's expansion project which was currently being undertaken across the country adding that contractors were working around the clock to complete all projects to help eliminate the ongoing double-track system.

The Assistant Headmaster of the school, Mr Ebo Sey explained that the cause of the fire was not known as it was detected in the ceiling and that the affected halls housed about 80 students.