Government of Ghana has assured that it will reconstruct the building that was demolished at the residence of the Nigerian High Commission as soon as possible.
This according to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is to ensure that the long held diplomatic ties between Ghana and Nigeria is restored since it predated the independence of both countries and were bound by blood ties.
Speaking to give an update on the issue, Madam Ayorkor Botchwey said “, I wish to assure the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the Government of Ghana will pursue this matter to its logical conclusion and ensure that the perpetrators are sanctioned in accordance with the laws of the land.”
She also disclosed that a committee comprised officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, the Lands Commission, National Security Secretariat and the Ghana Police Service has been set up to identify the perpetrators of the act and offer recommendations.
Meanwhile the committee has since submitted preliminary findings including a revelation that the High Commission of Nigeria actually has receipts of payment of the contentious land but failed to secure a land title certificate.
According to the Minister, “the High Commission of Nigeria further presented receipts of payment of the said land made by bankers draft… however land title certificate had not been issued to the High Commission.”
“The Lands Commission advised the High Commission of Nigeria to provide relevant document on ownership of the land which contributed to the unfortunate development on ownership of the land but the former did not respond to the land. Based on the silence of the High Commission of Nigeria, the Lands Commission went ahead to issue a Land title certificate covering the said parcel of land to a 3rd party,” she indicated.
Madam Ayorkor Botchwey however announced plans to work closely with the Osu Traditional Council to regularize and hand over the disputed land over to the Nigeria High Commission.
Source: Henry George Martinson/radiogoldlive.com