TUC Lauds Gov’t’s Housing Initiatives

President Nana Akufo-Addo

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has lauded the President Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration for its several housing projects.

Government is embarking on some affordable housing initiatives for workers.

The initiatives include the establishment of national mortgage and housing scheme, national housing and mortgage fund, Ghana Housing Authority, rent-a-bed scheme for socially marginalized manual workers, mostly female porters in urban centers, and accelerated affordable housing scheme through the development of 600 acres of serviced plots near Dawa in Greater Accra Region.

In a nine-page document it submitted to the Minister of Finance on the Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review of the 2019 Budget Statement and Economic Policy, TUC said “we commend government for these initiatives.”

However, it urged Government to collaborate with workers and key stakeholders in implementing the projects.

TUC noted that it was “worried about the unilateral approach Government has adopted in the implementation of these laudable initiatives.”

It added that “it is instructive that in a period when Government has signed a landmark Social Partnership Agreement with Organized Labour and Ghana Employers’ Association, in which housing delivery is listed as one of the priority issues for the social partners, Government alone could go as far as releasing funds for housing mortgage scheme without the involvement of its social partners.”

BY Melvin Tarlue