A large part of the roof of Ghana’s Parliament House building has been ripped off by a Tuesday night rainstorm in parts of Accra.
Members of parliament left the main chamber of the House due to a roof leakage caused by the disaster; thus bringing to an end proceedings on a bill that sought to amend portions of the Local Government Act, our correspondents report.
The extent of the damage is not readily known but our correspondents say the leakage from the roof is likely to affect some electronic gadgets in the House, which some staff were seen trying to safeguard.
Parliamentary activities, especially within the chamber of the House, are likely to be affected by the severe damage which is likely to take weeks to fix.
Some staff placed mob buckets at the various leaking spots , which were concentrated at the clerks area, to collect the water from the ripped roof.
Some Members of Parliament told TV3 they were in the House when they heard a sudden “big bang” only to rush out to find most part of the roof ripped off. They said but for the fact that it was night, the storm would have caused severe havoc to the cars.
According to the MPs, it will take about 3 months to fix the damage.
TV3’s Stanley Blewu who visited the Parliament House reported that National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah had arrived at the venue to assess the situation.
Officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation were also on the ground at the time check the extent of damage and to inform the necessary action to be taken.