Gov Urged To Complete The Affordable Housing
THE CHIEF Executive Officer of M.Y. Ventures, Dr. M. Y. Caesar, has reiterated calls for the government of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) to complete the defunct Affordable Housing Projects initiated by the erstwhile NPP administration to provide accommodation for the less privileged in the country. Dr. Caesar says the projects, when completed, could help resolve the numerous housing challenges facing the country and particularly serve as a place of abode for northern settlers who have migrated to the south to earn a living.
The traditional herbal practitioner is however suggesting that this must only take place after a critical assessment of cost and all materials required to complete the housing units at all the six sites of projects. The previous NPP administration initiated a housing policy in Kumasi, Tema, Accra, Koforidua, Tamale and Wa, dubbed Affordable Housing Project, as a means of solving the country’s accommodation problems. Currently, all the housing units are at different stages of completion
and has since 2009 when the NDC took over power, been abandoned. But the Kumasi-based herbal practitioner, who has also initiated various programmes to assist northern settlers in the Metropolis,
believes the government can reap enough benefit from the projects should it be completed.
He indicated that with the high cost of rent advance and the inability of many Ghanaians to afford a decent housing, compelling most of them to live in unsafe havens thereby exposing them to dangers, it will be appropriate for the government to consider the completion of the affordable housing projects to provide alternative form of accommodation for many lower income earners. Dr. Caesar said though the project was started by the former administration of the NPP, it must not be allowed to go waste because it is a valuable state assets which can be utilized to the benefit of the citizenry.
The traditional herbal practitioner told The Chronicle in an interview that the government can pursue close partnership agreement with private estate developers, both local and foreign, in ensuring that
the projects are completed, rather than allowing it to be taken over by miscreants and unauthorized persons. He noted that young boys and girls of the northern descent plying their trades as porters (Kayayes) in Kumasi and other cities major cities across the country who are struggling to get a decent
accommodation to live in, can benefit from such laudable policy.
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