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.

‘Recognising low income levels as well as a challenge on the demand side of housing in Ghana, our focus, therefore, is how to make housing affordable. To achieve this, we are adopting cost saving technologies and new techniques of construction as well as innovative mortgage financing,’ he said.
The Minister explained that in an attempt to boost the housing industry, Government would put in place some regulatory framework and adopt a number of policies with the overall objective of creating an enabling environment for the private sector to play a leading role in the delivery of housing units to the populace.
According to him, Government launched the National Housing Policy to improve access to land with title for housing, outlined strategies for increased production and usage of local building materials, as well as establishing a National Housing Fund and Housing Authority to fast-track the process.
On her part, the UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Dr. Christine Evans-Klock pledged the UN’s commitment to assist Ghana to address the country’s housing deficit.
She said under the leadership of the UN-Habitat, the UN supports all levels of governments in meeting their commitments under international law to adequate housing.

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