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06.02.2009 Politics

Old Parliament building reverts to Ga Traditional Council


Although the previous government announced it had given Parliament House to the Ga Traditional Council, occupants of the building on Friday said they were yet to be informed officially.

The old Parliament House is occupied by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justices (CHRAJ) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), both state institutions.

The building was one of many public assets reported to have been returned to the Ga people by the previous government before they left office last month.

Mr. Agyeman Duodu, Director of SFO, told the GNA that he got the information from the media and that the SFO had not been formally informed.

“Because we have not been formally informed, we have not made arrangements regarding tenancy agreement with the new owners – besides we do not know whether the new government will decide to move us into another premises,” he said.

Mr. Duodu said the SFO had an uncompleted three-storey building behind the old Parliament House that they could move into when completed.

“What we need to do now is probably to look for money to complete that building so that in case we are asked to move out we can use that one,” he said.

He said actions of that nature should have followed a certain procedure where “we the occupants would have been given early notice and probably ample time to reorganize ourselves.”

Mr. Richard Ackon Quayson, Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, told the GNA that as far as CHRAJ was concerned it was just a rumour and that CHRAJ would only work with official information.

“We are waiting to receive a formal notice from the government on the matter before we decide on the next line of action – until then take it that we have not heard anything yet,” he said.