Ghana plans new 250,000 housing units yearly while old housing projects rot away
London, April 26, 2021 (AltAfrica)- The new Akufo-Addo government in Ghana plans to construct new affordable housing units, between 100,000 to 250,000 housing units every year to provide affordable residential accommodation for public and civil servants.
Dr (Mrs) Freda Prempeh, Minister of State in-charge of Works and Housing who announced the new projects at the weekend reaffirmed government’s commitment to bridge the housing gab in the country under the affordable housing project.
Sadly, a 1502 flats-first phase of the 5,000 housing units at Saglemi in the Ningo-Prampram District inherited by the govt under John Dramani Mahama is left to rot away
In August 2012, the then President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama signed a $280 million deal to construct 5,000 housing units at Saglemi in the Ningo-Prampram District. Then the Government changed hands.
Under the new administration, the first phase of 1502 flats was said by the Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea (now replaced) to be being made available to Ghanaians by December 2020.
But the project has since been enmeshed in controversy as the current administration accuses the Mahama administration of supervising a corrupt deal that short-changed the public purse – allegations appointees of the Mahama administration deny.
To demonstrate the seriousness of the government to the new project Minister of State in-charge of Works and Housing led a delegation from the State Housing Company (SHC) to inspect acres of lands secured by the SHC to start the affordable housing project in the Ahafo Region.
Located at Duayaw-Nkwanta (100 acres), Yamfo (100 acres) and Tanoso (50 acres), the chiefs and people of the three towns released the lands to the government four years ago for affordable housing project of the govt
To address the country’s two million housing deficit, the Minister explained that the government had decentralised the affordable housing scheme to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembles across the country.
Dr (Mrs) Prempeh indicated the SHC has already started undertaking a rural housing scheme, but expressed regret that land litigations had delayed implementation of the scheme in parts of the country.
On his part, Mr Nicol explained the housing project would create opportunities for middle and lower income earners, particularly in the public sector to acquire their own houses saying, the SHC had designed affordable payment plans for interested workers.
He expressed appreciation to the Chiefs and people of the area for providing the lands, and assured that the housing project would commence by the close of the year.