After heavy downpour on Saturday night submerged portions of the Lands Commission’s building in Accra, Deputy Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Benito Owusu-Bio has assured the public that all land documents at their disposal are safe.
Addressing the media after touring the premise of the Lands Commission to assess the situation, the deputy minister admitted that the flood has indeed destroyed parts of their documents that are in hard copies.
He further stated that the destruction is not as grave as expected since some of the documents can be salvaged.
He therefore stated that there are electronic copies of all the documents hence the destroyed papers can be reprinted from their electronic backups for replacement. Benito Owusu-Bio encouraged the public to remain calm since all documents at their disposal are safe and intact.
“Yes, it is true the rain got into the building from the construction site next door but upon inspection on arrival to verify the reports, nothing has been destroyed as most documents were safely placed on shelves above floor level,” the deputy minister told the media after inspecting the offices of the Land Commission affected by the flood.
Benito Owusu-Bio further indicated that “the Executive Secretary has assured us that all the documents the water got into will be reprinted and replaced. The electronic data are also intact and so there is no cause for alarm.”
Meanwhile a section of Ghanaians on some social media have cast doubt about the authenticity of the reported flooding of the headquarters of the Lands Commission.
Although the weekend’s rain caused a lot of mayhem in various parts of the Greater Accra Region, some netizens are finding it hard to believe that the premises of the Lands Commission could also be flooded.
The justification for their skepticism is that over the past few weeks, these social media users have been accusing some government officials of attempting to illegally acquire lands at the Achimota Forest Reserve hence using the flood as a decoy to cover their tracks.