History Fades? Ghanaians fume over demolition of old Parliament House

The Old Parliament House is being pulled down to enable a new one to be constructed at a cost of GH¢15 million.

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Some Ghanaians have expressed anger at the decision to pull down the Old Parliament House, opposite the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in Accra.

The demolition is being done four years after a fire destroyed portions of the building which housed the Citizens Vetting Committee (CVC), the Judgement Debt Commission, the CHRAJ and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

The move is also to enable a new one to be constructed at a cost of GH¢15 million, the Daily Graphic reports.

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The amount is part of the budgetary allocation of GH¢37,816,401 approved by Parliament for the implementation of the activities and programmes of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

Cymain Ghana Limited, the firm undertaking the demolition, has already begun and is expected to be completed on Monday.

For now, the Old Parliament House had been barricaded. A notice had also been posted on the premises to advise people to stay away from possible dangers.

The 50-year-old building currently houses the offices of CHRAJ, while Parliament has been relocated to the State House.

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The Old Parliament House accommodated Ghana’s legislators during the tenure of Dr Kwame Nkrumah till 1981 when the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) ousted the government of the People’s National Party (PNP).

As the demolition begins, many Ghanaians are fuming because they feel that Ghana is losing one of its historical landmarks which have been the foundations of the country’s democracy.

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