Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has praised the government of Ghana for its decision to bear the cost of reconstruction of a demolished building belonging to the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana.
The decision by government comes days after investigations were launched to unravel the circumstances leading to the demolishing of a structure situated at the premises of the Nigerian High Commission.
The demolition is said to have been perpetrated by unknown armed men last Friday.
The single act has heightened diplomatic tensions between Ghana and Nigeria, compelling Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to personally apologise to Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey on the back of President Akufo-Addo’s apology has meanwhile announced that Ghana’s government will bear the full cost of the re-construction of the demolished property.
“The government of Ghana will ensure that the demolished building is restored to its original state as soon as possible,” she said in an address to the media.
Commenting on the move by government in a Facebook post, Mr. Ablakwa described it as a ”Prudent decision by Government to reconstruct the demolished properties belonging to the Nigerian High Commission. This should help in easing tensions, I would very much hope.”
He continued, ”That notwithstanding, officials at the Lands Commission who created conditions for this international embarrassment and our national security apparatus which failed woefully to gather intelligence to prevent the invasion, particularly, after an earlier destruction of portions of the fence wall on June 16th 2020 must be made to answer serious questions.”
Mr. Ablakwa also called for punishments for the perpetrators of the act to serve as a deterrent to others.
”Perpetrators must face sanctions not only to calm nerves in Abuja but to send sincere assurances to the larger diplomatic community that Ghana remains a safe haven and respects her obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963),” he said.