1m Housing Units Coming –

Samuel Atta-Akyea

THE
MINISTER of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta-Akyea, has said the government is
keen to deliver one million housing units towards addressing the acute housing
shortage for the medium to long term across the 16 regions of Ghana.

According
to him, out of the figure, Greater Accra Region will have 400,000 housing units
while the Ashanti Region will have 250,000. Western Region, Western North
Region and Eastern Region will each have 50,000 while the Central Region takes
20,000.

Answering
questions on the Floor of Parliament yesterday, the Minister disclosed that the
Northern Region would have 30,000 housing units, whilst the North East Region
would have 30,000 units, Savanna Region, 30,000, Upper East Region, 20,000,
Upper West Region, 20,000, Volta Region, 10,000, Oti Region, 10,000, Bono
Region, 10,000, Bono East Region, 10,000 and Ahafo Region, 10,000. 

“It
is, however, instructive to note that there is a lot more to be done to
increase the housing stock and bridge the national housing deficit,” he
indicated and added that currently, the Ministry of Works and Housing was
focusing its attention on strategies and interventions for the medium-term
period (2018-2021) to resolve the challenges of the housing sub-sector of the
economy.

He
said specific emphasis would be put on reducing the national housing deficit
through the provision of adequate, safe, secure, quality and affordable housing
schemes in collaboration with the private sector. 

“The
ministry is currently in discussion with the Ministry of Finance to create the
necessary funding regime to ensure that the proposed targets for each region were
met within the stipulated time given.”

Member
of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Etse Kwame Dafeamekpor, had asked
the minister when the government’s proposed low-cost housing project would
commence in the constituency.

Mr
Atta-Akyea said, “Obviously, the good people of South Dayi will have government
– engineered decent and affordable housing and dwelling homes, when we secure
the requisite financial space.” 

He
stated that projects in the Housing Sub-Sector were capital intensive and covered
important physical and social infrastructure facilities for the development of
the economy. 

He
noted that Ghana as an emerging market was seeking to industrialize and expand through
increased access to safe, secure, adequate and affordable housing. 

By Ernest Kofi Adu, Parliament House