Let’s Tackle The Issue Of Squatters In Tema -Dauda
Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing has admitted that the issue of squatters in the Tema Metropolis is getting out of hand and the earlier something is done about it the better.
He has, therefore, appealed to the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) to liaise with the appropriate stakeholders to ensure that the issue is tackled once and for all, to avoid facing whatever consequences that will follow.
‘While at it, let me appeal to TDC to liaise with the relevant ministries and government agencies to start addressing the issue of squatters in the Metropolis.
‘These are human settlement issues staring at us in the face which we must confront immediately or face the consequences. We should not allow these squatter settlements to be created in the first place’, he explained.
Alhaji Dauda made the appeal in a speech read on his behalf by Mr. Sampson Ahi, deputy minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing at the third Annual General Meeting (AGM) of TDC on Tuesday.
He declared that government was committed to solving the accommodation problem facing Ghanaians in the country, saying ‘Government is not relenting in her efforts at getting the deficit which is now in excess of 1.7 million units reduced’.
Hon Collins Dauda stated; ‘As you are already aware, it is government’s policy to facilitate access to housing, especially for the middle to low income earners.
‘It is in this regard, and recognizing the contribution that TDC has made to the housing sub-sector that the Ministry has released an initial 24 blocks of flats at the Government Affordable Housing Project site at Kpone to TDC for immediate completion, whilst the rest of the sites will be handed over formally at a later date’.
He continued that when completed, the project which forms part of a total of 4,720 affordable housing units located at six sites within five regions, which government is working very hard to complete, would provide homes to a number of Ghanaians across the country.
Mr. Joe Abbey, Managing Director (MD) of TDC disclosed that his outfit has signed a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Coronation Real Estate Ghana Limited, which is a joint company to redevelop the abandoned TDC Conference Center at Tema Community Six (6) into a four star hotel.
Mr. Abbey further disclosed that the former head office of the Corporation would also be redeveloped into a modern shopping mall, which would bring the total cost of the two projects to US$80 million.
‘At the end of the year, the JV partner was working on the concept drawings of the projects for approval. Meanwhile, negotiations continue with a potential strategic investor for redevelopment of the abandoned shopping mall at Community 20′, he revealed.
He continued that but for the fact that some tenants at the Kaiser flats at Community Four (4) had dragged the Corporation to court over the decision of TDC to evict them, the Kaiser flats redevelopment project would have started by now.
Another challenge Mr. Abbey brought forth was the issue of encroachment of its lands and building without permit which is creating a whole lot of problems for his outfit.
On his part, Mr. Emmanuel Oko Adjetey, board chairman of TDC thanked members of the management team of the Corporation and workers of the company for their dedication and hard work which has made the Corporation what it is today.
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