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MISLEADING: Claims that lands documents in Lands Commission destroyed by floods

A tweeter post claiming that documents and computers in the head offices of the Lands Commission in Ghana have been destroyed by floods is misleading.

Accra Flood: Documents, computers damaged at Lands Commission Head Office, according to a post published on May 23rd in English.

With additional individuals sharing it on Facebook, the post received 1,308 retweets, 1,953 quote retweets, and 4, 095 likes.

The author also urged citizens to “prepare to battle for your land in the coming months, as they can’t defend you with documents,” according to another tweet.

The post, which was published on May 24th, attracted 79 responses.

However, the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, paid a visit to the Lands Commission’s office on Monday, May 23rd, and discovered that records had not been destroyed by flood as claimed.

“Yes, the rain got into the building from the construction site next door,” Mr Owusu-Bio stated, “but upon inspection on arrival to verify the reports, nothing was damaged because most documents were safely housed on shelves above floor level.”

Mr James Dadson, the Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, told journalists that the rain had flooded some offices, including the basement, records, records annexe, and the digital capturing room, but that “most of the documents affected by the rain have been retrieved and dried up,” and that “those that could not dry will be reprinted and replaced.”

Zubaida Mabuno Ismail is a trained fact-checker and has worked with GhanaFact and Fact Check Ghana. She is an alumnus of Code for Africa Fact-checking fellowship for Anglophone West Africa.

Source: www.zamireports.com / Accra.

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