Vice President Commissions Naval Barracks

Commissioning of the Naval Base Barracks 4The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has commissioned the newly- constructed Naval Barracks at the Eastern Naval Command, Tema for the gallant service men who have been working tirelessly to secure the peace and safety of the country.
The barracks is the Phase two of the Security Services Housing Project. It is fully gated and made up of 23 blocks comprising a total of 368 apartments. Out of the 23 blocks, 8 blocks are 3-bedroom flats and 15 blocks are 2-bedrooms flats.
The facility also comes with a multi-purpose sports facility and a playing ground for personnel and families. The project was fully financed by the Government of Ghana and constructed by Messrs Amandi Holdings Group at a cost of GH¢ 101.2 million.
Commissioning the facility, Dr. Bawumia said completion of the project is another step in the overall development and modernisation of facilities for the Ghana Armed Forces and also improvements in the Ghana Armed Forces' accommodation, saying it is necessary to ensure that the country has the best of facilities for all security personnel.

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Develop New Ways To Wipe Out Housing Deficit-Minister

The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea has urged Shimizu Corporation of Japan to bring out technological ideas that will help reduce Ghana’s housing deficit within a shortest time frame.
According to the Minister, modern era construction of houses should not take a longer time to complete and that a technology that will bring a paradigm shift is imperative for the country’s development.
Honourable Atta Akyea who expressed hope about the use of modern technology as the panacea for construction of houses within shortest possible time, asked “what kind of Japanese ideas are you bringing us to wipe out this deficit, what kind of technology do you have that we will not be marking time for three years before we can see a flat in the air.”
The Minister was speaking at the Shimizu Open Academy Seminar at the Great Hall, University of Ghana in Accra.
The seminar, which is the first of its kind in Africa, forms part of corporate social responsibility of Shimizu Institute of Technology, Japan.
The main objectives of the seminar are to transfer technological knowledge to students, engineers and workers in the local construction industry, encourage students to do internships with Shimizu Corporation and also employ graduates from Universities in Ghana.
The representative of Shimizu Corporation’s Dubai Office and also in charge of African Business, Mr. Masami Higuchi thanked the organizers for giving them the opportunity to conduct Shimizu Open Academy in Ghana.
He noted that Shimizu Corporation is undertaking a number of construction works in Ghana and as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility, chose to transfer their technological knowledge to students and engineers in the construction industry.
Professor Samuel Kwame Offei, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, who was the Chairman of the seminar also expressed his gratitude to the Corporation for choosing Ghana as the first African country to hold such a productive seminar.

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Deputy Minister Launches Professional Practice Handbook For Architects

The Honourable Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Freda Prempeh has launched the maiden Professional Practice Handbook for Architects at the Architects Registration Council (ARC) in Accra.
The handbook is to guide all qualified persons through practical training to registration as Registered Architect under the Architects Act 1969, NLCD 257.
It is also to provide a structured guide for probationer Architects and rules and guiding notes for employers or mentors of probationers among others.
Launching the handbook, the Deputy Minister commended the Council for their work and said the handbook will provide the framework for transitioning from academic qualification to professional qualification and registration as a Registered Architect in Ghana.
She said the training handbook is useful to anyone who is ready to take the necessary steps towards his or her learning and professional growth and that the development of human resource has always been a critical part in the quest for a just and equitable society where the need of the wider society is met.
According to Honourable Freda, Architects play crucial role in the socio-economic development of the country and that in support of the Council, the Ministry of Works and Housing in 2017, approved the professional fees for built environment consultants, which included architects.
The Deputy Minister revealed that the Ministry is on course with the processes for review of the Architects Act 1969, NLCD357 and the Code of Conduct and Ethics for Architects, adding that the Ministry has facilitated the setting up of committees to allow smooth running of the Council with respect to education and examinations, compliance, registration and disciplinary issues.
The Registrar of ARC, Madam Stella Arthiabah, noted that the handbook is the first to be published under the Practical Training Scheme which will provide a structured guide and ready reference material for architecture students, probationers under practical training and professionals in practice alike.
The Chairman for the occasion, Nii Teiko Evans-Anfom emphasized that the handbook is critical for the crystallization of ideas, not only for students but employers as well saying it will help bring about drastic transformation in the lives of students.

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Ghana Property Awards Held

The Property Express Group in collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Housing has held the 2017 Property Awards at the Banquet Hall, State House in Accra.

The awards, which was on the theme, ‘Exploiting Data to bond Bricks and Mortar Trading, marked the 10th Anniversary of the event and brought together scores of people, especially from the built industry.

Addressing the gathering, Honourable Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Freda Prempeh, said the government would use an appropriate mix of public policy and public private investments to deliver quality, affordable social housing and private solutions that meet the needs and financial capacity of the ordinary Ghanaian.
According to her, the Ministry would work with identifiable groups and associations to facilitate the construction of homes for their members through the provision of the appropriate financing guarantees.
She reiterated the government’s commitment to promote and develop the use of local building materials in the construction of buildings as well as facilitate the development of an active mortgage market to expand mortgage loans to Ghanaians.

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World Habitat Day Marked

Dr. Christine Evans Klock UN Resident Coordinator giving a statementThe Ministry of Works and Housing in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development commemorated the 2017 World Habitat Day on the theme, ‘Housing Policies; Affordable Homes’, in Accra.
The World Habitat Day, which is celebrated on the first Monday of October every year, was instituted by the United Nations (UN) in 1985 to reflect on the state of cities and towns and the basic rights of all to adequate housing.
The UN also designated the month of October as “Urban October”, to commemorate key urban activities across the world and to create awareness among policy makers, citizens and stakeholders about the opportunities of urbanization.
Over one billion people, constituting one sixth of the world’s population, live in deplorable conditions in dilapidated slums and shanty-towns. By 2030, that number is expected to increase to 2 billion.
Addressing a press conference to mark the day, Honourable Samuel Atta Akyea, Minister of Works and Housing expressed the Government’s commitment to addressing the housing deficit in the country through partnership with the private sector in the provision of affordable housing units.
He said the Ministry is currently implementing Affordable Housing Programme aimed at providing adequate and decent housing, particularly to the low and middle-income groups.

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