The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has debunked reports that it owns some flats at Cantonments in Accra.
This comes after media reports that the Ministry of Works and Housing was set to evict national security operatives who occupy a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) block at Cantonments without paying rent.
The ministry had been cited in the 2016 Auditor General’s report for the non-recovery of over $460,000 in rent from the occupants of the UNDP flats.
It was also reported that some National Security Operatives and alleged members of the NPP’s Invisible Forces, had taken over the flats after abusing and assaulting a contractor of a redevelopment project at the site.
But the UNDP says the flats in question were built in the 1960s and was rented out to officials of the diplomatic corps then, the reason a possible link is being drawn to the UNDP.
An official of the UNDP, Gita Honwana Welch, said the “facility does not belong to UNDP and none of our staff is staying in the said flats”.
Read UNDP’s full statement below:
UNDP’s attention has been drawn to the media news story on flats in Cantonments being occupied by national security officials, who are to be evicted by Government for non-payment of rents. UNDP wishes to state that it has no housing facility in Cantonments.
Our understanding is that the facility in question was built in the 1960s and was being rented out to officials of the diplomatic corps. The facility does not belong to UNDP and none of our staff is staying in the said flats.
We will take steps to engage Government to change the historical name of the flats.