Habitat Fair 2018 Launched | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By Simon
Asare, GNA

Accra, July 3, GNA – The 2018 edition of the
Habitat Fair has been launched at the City Escape Hotel in Accra.

This year’s Fair dubbed ‘the Joy News Habitat
Fair, is under the auspices of Multimedia Group Limited (MGL), in partnership
with M&C Properties, Western World Properties and Elegant Homes and its
aimed at bringing together stakeholders in the housing industry to discuss
issues pertaining to the housing needs of Ghanaians.

The Deputy Minister of Works and Housing,
Freda Prempeh, speaking at the event, highlighted how government is faced with
various constraints that has increased its housing deficit to 1.7 million,
which supersedes the growing population of Ghana, estimated at about 30
million.

“For us at the Ministry of Works and Housing,
we always welcome initiatives of this kind because it serves as a way of
learning and exchanging ideas with stakeholders of diverse background. During
this fair as stakeholders, we should enable Ghana to reach the development goal
‘nine’, and build a resilient infrastructure and sustainable
industrialization’’

The Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament
of Tano North, reiterated government’s desire to cut short the housing deficit
by providing support to many Ghanaians to help enrich and improve their living
standards.

“The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana
Addo- Danquah Akufo-Addo is determined to address the housing deficit through
searching and forging stronger investor partnership for investment in the
commissioning of affordable housing units of different technologies to meet the
demands of Ghanaians.

“Government priority in the housing sector is
affordable housing for low and middle income earners because you would realize
there are a lot of luxury homes crying for buyers due to high prices and this
doesn’t help in solving the affordable housing gap,’’ she noted.

The first mini clinic of this year’s habitat
fair is slated for July 14 and 15, with the second mini clinic scheduled for
the West Hill Mall on July 29 and 30, whilst the main fair will take centre
stage at the Accra International Conference Centre from the August 31 to
September 2.

GNA

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