One may be right to deduce that when the headquarters of the national Public Records and Archives Administration Department (PRAAD) in Accra is cast off, then those in the regions would be in a devastating state or become non-existent. This assumption for the Central Region is true!
And if the magnificent facility that is responsible for the preservation of Ghana’s rich documentary and cultural heritage and making these accessible to the generality of the public for various purposes - such as genealogy, conflict resolutions and settlement of boundary disputes, hereditary and other claims, national identity and research in all fields of human endeavour involving Ghana and the outside world - is not even known by many in the region then it is worrying.
The outmoded generator that served as an alternative source of electricity to the facility
Region in perspective
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The Central Region lies roughly on the south-central part of Ghana.
It is bordered to the west by the Western Region, to the north by the Ashanti Region, to the north-east by the Eastern Region, to the South-east by Greater Accra and to the south by the Gulf of Guinea.
It has a coastline of approximately 100 miles with an area of 3,815 square miles.
Although it was established by Act 535 of 1997 and has a mandate to oversee the proper and effective management of records in all public institutions of government throughout the country, it has become a pale shadow of itself.