The Ghanaian government has promised to rebuild the recently demolished Nigerian High Commission staff quarters.
Last week, some armed men invaded the consulate last week and demolished the building which was still under construction and meant for Nigerian High Commission staff, a move that led to widespread criticism.
Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Mrs Shirley Ayokor Botchewey, has now given an update on the situation, stating that the demolished building will be restored to its original state.
The Minister also revealed that Nigeria paid for the land 20 years ago even though the High Commission could not produce the lease, land title certificate and building permit of the land.
Mrs Shirley Ayokor Botchewey said;
“The Land Commission will formerly inform the Osu Traditional Council that in August 2000, offer was made to High Commission of Nigeria, irrespective of the title of land in question.
“The offer was accepted by the High Commission and payment was made accordingly that constituted a contract.
“The Land Commission will proceed to issue a Land Certificate to the High Commission of Nigeria, to regularise it’s ownership of the property in question.
“Ghana will take immediate steps to engage the Osu stool and all stakeholders on the impasse.
“Ghana will ensure that the demolished building is restored to its original state as soon as possible.
“The High Commission of Nigeria will take appropriate steps to obtain building permit for the construction.”