-BUILDING DOES NOT HAVE INSPECTION CERTIFICATE
-MTI DEPARTMENTS MOVED IN PREMATURELY
-P7 MILLION RENT PAID BEFORE COMPLETION OF THE BUILDING
From the outside, the new building housing the Ministry of Trade and Industry(MTI) cuts a picturesque figure, but inside it harbours unhappy faces and a myriad of architectural defects.
Located in the new Central Business District (CBD), behind the High court the new building houses the four departments under the MTI namely, Industrial Affairs, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Cooperatives Development and International Trade.
The intention was to make the building a one stop shop, but the head office is yet to relocate as the executive wing is being reconstructed.
This was supposed to be the best news of the year at one of the best rated ministries, but disgruntled employees have complained of health and safety risks that the building poses.
Voice Money took a walk through the corridors of the gigantic building and witnessed some of the defects that included leaking plumbing, falling ceiling, occasional false fire alarms and exposed power cables.
“Our lives are at risk here,” one of the employees who did not want to be named said.
A lot of our colleagues are on sick leave right now. We have lost about 560 hours of work since April when we moved here due to inactive employees compared to 376 hours in March when the relocation started.
We don’t know how much more damage these chemicals are causing to our health,” he says pointing to a reddish liquid dripping from the ceiling.
Employees are said to have complained about the situation but were told by their superiors that the reason for the haste move was that the ministry was paying twice- at both the old and the new office.
“About P7 million rental was paid while the building was still under construction.
There was no need to move in so prematurely when the building does not even have an Inspection Certificate and without regard to our health.
When you try to switch on the air conditioner, water starts dripping and wetting the ceiling.
On many occasions the ceilings have collapsed inside the offices.
It’s not safe at all. Sometimes we get inconvenienced by the construction workers who drag in their stepping ladders when we try to concentrate on work,” another employee said.
Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Kitso Mosiiemang said she was not able to comment on the situation as she had to consult with the relevant authorities.