Government plans to construct new 250,000 housing units yearly whiles old projects rot away

Government plans to construct new 250,000 housing units yearly whiles old projects rot away | The government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo 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.

This was made known by Mrs. Freda Prempeh, Minister of State in charge of Works and Housing when a delegation from the State Housing Company (SHC) inspected acres of land secured by the SHC to start the affordable housing project in the Ahafo Region.

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She reaffirmed the government’s commitment to bridging the housing gap in the country under the affordable housing project.

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 the affordable housing project.

She stated that the government had decentralised the affordable housing scheme to Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies across the country.

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.

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Roni Nicol, the Deputy Managing Director of the SHC on his part explained that the housing project would create opportunities for middle and lower-income earners, particularly in the public sector to acquire their own houses.

He said the SHC had designed affordable payment plans for interested workers.

What happens to Saglemi 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 government under former President John Mahama is left to rot away

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In August 2012, as part of moves to alleviate the housing deficit in Ghana, Mahama signed a $280 million deal to construct 5,000 housing units at Saglemi.

The project has since been saddled with controversy as the NPP administration accused the Mahama administration of supervising a corrupt deal that shortchanged the public purse.

The former Minister of Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea has revealed that former NDC government officials involved in the botched Saglemi Housing deal embezzled more than $114 million of the $179.9 million paid to the contractor.

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