Three Nigerian shoppers have been confirmed injured in the Thursday morning accident which saw a portion of the attic of the Accra Mall caved in. They are responding to treatment, managers of the mall have announced.
A section of the popular mall, mostly the electronic area, which was affected, was sealed off by safety officials and managers of the mall after the accident that happened few minutes to midday.
Most shops within the mall however continued to operate for the day while investigators moved to the scene to establish what might have caused the collapse of the part of the ceiling which has once again raised safety concerns of public buildings in the country.
President Nana Akufo-Addo who is currently in Armenia on an official visit said he is disturbed by the incident, which should trigger an improvement in Ghana’s maintenance culture.
“Let us all work together to improve our maintenance culture,” he appealed in a tweet hours after the incident and wished the inured speedy recovery.
Speaking to journalists after the incident, Marketing Manager of the Accra Mall, Denise Asare, said they were working around the clock to ensure that the state-of-the-art retail and shopping center is fully operational by Thursday evening.
She said the Mall, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in July this year, “should be fully operational by this evening”, and said most part of the shops in the mall was operating.
Ms. Asare said the Mall was working with public institutions such as the National Disaster Management Organisation to establish the cause of the accident, which she said, was not immediately known.
The incident occurred at about 11:53 Thursday morning at a time when there were some people in various shops shopping. The bang sound from the collapse of caused a lot of people to run for their lives.
Police personnel were present to ensure law and order.
Director in charge of Geological Disasters at NADMO, Richard Amo Yartey, assured the public investigations would be expedited to allow for quick resumption of operations.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed-up at the mall.
By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana