We’II rebuild Nigeria High Commission Building-Gov’t
Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has revealed the government will rebuild the demolished building within the premises of the Nigerian High Commission to its original state.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the Minister added that the government would also take immediate steps to engage the Osu Stool and all stakeholders to address the impasse to help calm tensions.
She noted that the demolition constituted a breach of the premises of the High Commission of Nigeria, located at 19/21 Julius Nyerere Street, Ringway Estates, East Ridge, Accra.
According to her, the demolition constituted a breach under the Vienna Convention, hence the government has decided to restore the property to the High Commission.
She said: “The Lands Commission will proceed to issue a Land Title Certificate to the High Commission of Nigeria to regularise its ownership of the property in question”.
“The Government of Ghana will take immediate steps to engage the Osu Stool and all stakeholders on the impasse,” the minister said.
Meanwhile, preliminary findings presented to the government by the committee has revealed that the High Commission of Nigeria actually has receipts of payment of the contentious land but failed to secure a land title certificate.
“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,” Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway said.
Aside from, that, the committee says the Nigerian High Commission failed to provide relevant documents on ownership of the land which contributed to the unfortunate development.
“The Lands Commission advised the High Commission of Nigeria to provide relevant document on ownership of the land but the former did not respond to the letter. 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 added.