President Akufo-Addo directs Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve Bulgarian Chancery land concerns

President Akufo Addo directs Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve Bulgarian Chancery land concerns
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong.
By Nathaniel Nartey
President Akufo-Addo has directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to resolve the dispute over the piece of land where the demolished Bulgarian Chancery in Ghana was located.

This according to a Deputy Minister, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong is an indication that the government had no hand in the demolition, which was carried out by a private developer.

There was widespread information on social media creating the impression that the government of Ghana had a hand in the demolition of the Bulgarian Chancery in Accra.

 

President Akufo Addo directs Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve Bulgarian Chancery land concerns
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong.

Speaking to Journalists in Accra, Mr. Ampratwum-Sarpong confirmed that the piece of land in contention belongs to the government of Bulgaria.

He disclosed that the demolition was carried out six years ago.

President Akufo-Addo directs Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve Bulgarian Chancery land concerns

Demolition of the Bulgarian Chancery in Ghana, which is one of two properties owned by the Bulgarian government in Accra was the subject matter of an emergency media briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after images went viral on social media creating the impression that the act was recent.

Presenting the facts of the matter to the media, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong said the Bulgarian government acquired the land through a 50-year lease agreement and paid the full cost of GHC1Million Old Ghana Cedis in 1983 to the Landlord.

This means the Bulgarian government currently has 11-years left on the lease. Disagreements over the land begun following the demise of the Landlord, when the Administrator of the Estate attempted to forcefully repossess the property claiming non-payment of rent arrears.

But According to the Deputy Minister, documents available to the Attorney General indicate that the land and property in question belongs to Bulgaria.

“There are documents confirming that the land belongs to the Bulgarians even though their lease on that land has got about 10 or 11 years left. So technically speaking the land belongs to the Bulgarians so if anybody goes in there, that person is a trespasser”.

He said President Akufo Addo intervened in order to  protect Ghana’s image and diplomatic relations with Bulgaria.

“I have had instructions from my appointing authority (President Akufo Addo) to resolve this matter because it is a blot on Ghana’s image in the diplomatic circles……I can tell you that he (the trespasser) has no political support whatsoever. No one in government has called me to intercede on his behalf since the President gave me the directive”

Mr. Ampratwum-Sarpong said the Ministry is working with the relevant government agencies to apply the necessary sanctions to the private developer who had defied directives to stop work on the land.

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