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10.12.2019 General News

GRA Suspects Arson In Circle Office Fire

GRA Suspects Arson In Circle Office Fire
LISTEN DEC 10, 2019

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) says it will not rule out the possibility of arson as a cause of the fire that gutted its large taxpayer office at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra on Sunday, December 1.

Addressing the press today, Acting Commissioner General of the Authority, Amishadai Owusu Amoah says the Authority is working with the fire service for full investigations into the cause of the fire.

“We have not necessarily seen the detailed report as referred to but we do not deny the fact that they (Fire Service) do come from time to time that the right thing is done as far as our buildings are concerned. We are in constant touch with them so whatever needs to be done will be done as far as our safety is concerned. We cannot at this moment say, that there was arson as it is been said. But, we cannot rule anything out as far as investigation is concerned.”

The fire, which the GRA says started around 4 am resulted in “extensive structural damage to its ICT centre.”

Some onlookers who were upset with the Fire Service's handling of the situation accused them of not being prepared enough to handle the blaze.

But the authority noted that “existing systems backup does not only ensure the recovery of files but also business continuity.”

The Ghana National Fire Service has since begun investigations to determine the real cause of the fire.


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