Ghana Journalists Association To Build Media Village For Journalists

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Koans Estate Limited, a leading real estate developer to build a 100 housing units for journalists across the country.
The move is aimed at improving the living conditions of journalists by providing them with decent accommodation at a reasonable price. While an expandable two-bedroom house will go for GH?60, 000, a three bedroom expandable house will cost GH?80,000 but the terms of payment are yet to be agreed on between the GJA and Koans.
Launching the project at the Ghana International Press Centre in Accra, Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Hon.Freda Prempeh, lauded the GJA leadership for its desire to ensure the welfare of its members. She described shelter as a prerequisite in life, for which reason the government attaches so much importance to it, adding that a process had been initiated to put up 10,000 affordable housing units across the country.

Government To Tackle Flooding In Accra

The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has assured Ghanaians the Government will do all it could to end the vicious cycle of rain induced flooding in Accra.
He said to bring an end to this cycle, the President has allocated an amount of GHC 200 million to augment the budget allocation of the Ministry, which is GHC 17.3 million and that the World Bank is interested in making a huge investment to assist Ghana to tackle the situation with a commitment of US$ 100 million.
The Minister was addressing the media after an inspection of some flood prone areas and drainages in Accra to assess the state of the facilities ahead of the rainy season.
He said the Government would bring in international civil engineering and construction firms through a competitive bidding process to partner local engineers to implement the plan. He added that details of the contract were being worked out to include cost, scope and duration to be sent to Parliament for approval.
Mr. Atta Akyea who was accompanied by some senior officials of the Ministry, the Hydrological Services Department and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, toured Nima, Adabraka Odawnaa, South Kaneshie, Odaw/Korle Lagoon, Sukura, Kaneshie First Light/Odorkor, Baale and Sakaman drainages.
He said President Akufo-Addo wants to end the adhoc measure in tackling the country’s drainage problems by constructing underground drains and expressed hope that the project would be worth pursuing by successive governments.
According to the Minister, as part of the President’s legacy, the flooding situation in Ghana, which has been in existence since 1959, would be tackled permanently.
Mr. Atta Akyea further assured citizens that desilting of drains, particularly the Odaw River, would continue, to ensure free flow of rain induced flooding, saying the Ministry is determined to ensure that this permanent arrangement is embarked on with a backdrop of a larger solution.

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Minister Urges Engineers To Work Together To Improve Engineering Works

The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has urged engineering practitioners in Ghana to work together and bring all classes of engineering practitioners together to improve engineering works in the country.
He said working together will provide the necessary ethical and moral compass to ensure ethical conduct for all those practicing engineering in the country and also ensure a long-term sustainability of engineering projects in the country.
Honourable Atta Akyea was speaking at the 50th Anniversary Conference and 2018 Engineering Week Celebration of the Ghana Institution of Engineering on the theme; “GhIE@50: Introspection and the Impact of Engineering on Ghana’s sustainable development,” in Accra.
He noted that for training to fall in line with the technological changes taking place, Ghana Institution of Engineering should work in close collaboration with the training institutions which produce engineering practitioners.

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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