The state of the art offices complex for the 275 Members of Ghana’s Parliament popularly called Job 600 has been gutted by fire.
The fire which started around five this evening is reported to have started on the 10th floor of the east wing of the 13 floor building.
All Members of Parliament at work during the time have been evacuated.
The burning floor hosts the offices of the Deputy Minority and Majority Leaders and scores of senior MPs.
There are joint teams of fire service and police personnel on the scene to fight the fire.
Parliament has a 24/7 fire service station and a police station.
It is early stages yet to determine the cause of the fire and the level of damage caused by the fire.
Ironically, earlier this month, a Member of Parliament requested the Speaker, Rt Hon Prof Mike Ocquaye, to order MPs to undergo an orientation in fire fighting.
Making a statement on the floor of Parliament in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire outbreak in the United Kingdom, the MP for Akan Constituency, Hon Abdul Aziz Muniru, said, “Mr. Speaker I crave on your indulgence to organise and direct Members of Parliament to take an orientation on firefighting techniques on Job 600 and in Chamber and this should include the use of fire extinguishers, what to do in case of fire outbreak, where escape route are located for swift deployment of rescue workers and subsequent evacuations. I think many members do not know the inside and out of Job 600 and yet we work there.”
He used the occasion to call on the Executive branch of government to bring to parliament for passage two important bills, namely the Building Industry Regulatory Authority Bill and the Survey Council Bill, because these will help in championing the solutions to the divers building related problems in Ghana.
The Acting Director of Public Affairs, Ms Kate Addo and other top officials of Parliament are on the scene.
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