Hundreds of documents, computers, and scanners at the Head Office of the Lands Commission in Cantonments, Accra, have been destroyed by floodwaters.
The basement of the new building was heavily submerged in water after Saturday night’s downpour, leading to the flooding of the Records Room, Files Room, and I.T. Unit -all situated at the basement.
The affected documents include indentures, land maps, and land documents, sources at the Commission told the Ghana News Agency.
This reminds us of Liberia. People lost properties to bandits and bullies because their lands commission got burnt during the war, so they couldn’t easily prove ownership.
Some staff of the Commission were also spotted scavenging the documents in an attempt to salvage some and arrange those that had been mixed up.
According to the sources, essential land documents have also been “mixed up” as a result of the destruction caused by the flood.
When the news team visited the Commission’s Head Office Monday morning, it met some officers of the Commission drying the documents at the forecourt of the Office.
A team of cleaners were also seen busily scooping water out of the basement.
The staff said they reported to work on Monday only to find the damage caused by the flood waters, adding that they wouldn’t be able to work today as a result of the situation.
They blamed the flooding on the construction of new offices close to the main Head Office building, which they said had blocked the flow of water into nearby drains.
Meanwhile, officials at the Head Office were tight-lipped over the matter.