Fire at GRA: “We lost no data or money in inferno,” Ghana Revenue Authority assures public Featured

By News Desk December 02, 2019 548 0

Officials of the Ghana Revenue Authority have assured the public that no data and money was lost during a fire outbreak at VAT House, a substation of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.

Yesterday’s fire outbreak is believed to have started at around 4am.

According to the GRA, fake news reports claiming that the fire was caused deliberately to cover up stolen monies are a “mischievous attempt to undermine confidence in an already complex process of dealing with the situation”.

It said a formal assessment of the extent of damage is about to begin.

Officials offered further assurances that the Authority’s existing systems back-up ensures not only the recovery of files, but also business continuity.

“In essence, our core data is safe, as all GRA files are automatically backed up at an offsite data centre,” Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, Acting Commissioner for the Domestic Tax Revenue Division, told news reporters.

No casualties

There was no visible structural damage to the GRA Circle branch building apart from the burnt section of the building.

An official report from the Ghana National Fire Service said that no casualties were recorded.

The Fire Service has begun investigations to determine the real cause of the fire.

GRA officials have pleaded with the public and the media to verify information from official sources relating to the incident.

Firemen hurt

Four people, all personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service, were injured while trying to bring the fire under control.

An official of the Ghana Red Cross said in three cases the injuries were minor, but one person was severely injured and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The fire hit the archive department of the GRA, which is home to large quantities of combustible materials.

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