Government To Reduce Housing Deficit- Hon Atta Akyea

Hon.Minister0002The Government has assured Ghanaians of its commitment to address the over 1.7 million housing deficit in the country.
This would be done through good investment partnership to provide affordable housing, which is high on the agenda of the government to meet the demands of Ghanaians.
The Honourable Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea, gave this assurance when he paid working visit to some housing projects at Tema, Kpone, Saglemi and projects by the Tema Development Company (TDC) sponsored by the Government of Ghana.
The Minister, who was accompanied by his two Deputy Ministers, Hon. Eugene Boakye Antwi and Hon. Freda Prempeh, including the Chief Director and other officials, said investors would be sought to invest in rural housing projects under which affordable houses would be built in the rural areas for people who would like to live there while they worked in the city.
Hon. Atta Akyea disclosed that, the defunct Bank for Housing and Construction would be brought back to provide finance to address the housing deficit in the country.
He commended Amandi Holdings, an Isreali construction company, which was putting up the Naval housing project and OAS Construtora, a Brazillian company working on 5,000 unit housing project for good work done and pledged the Government’s commitment to ensure the projects are completed and extended to other regions.

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Ministry of Works And Housing Ministerial Boards Inaugurated

minister works and housing0001Three key statutory bodies mandated by legislation to guide and regulate the administration of the Ministry of Works and Housing in pursuit of its objectives and the agenda of the central government have been put in place.
The Ministerial Advisory Board, Entity Tender Committee and Audit Committee, were inaugurated by the sector Minister, Honourable Samuel Atta Akyea.
Addressing the members, the Hon. Minister explained that the Board is enjoined to promote constant interaction between the Ministry and users of its services and advised on adjustments in policy directions, planning objectives and operational strategies.
The members were urged to work hard to establish strong partnerships with other agencies and businesses to respond quickly and creatively to the needs of the people.

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Parliamentarians Visit Naval Housing Project

Parlismentarians0001Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Works and Housing visited the Navy Housing Project under construction in Tema by the Government to ease accommodation challenges of personnel of the Ghana Navy. The visit was to enable the Parliamentarians to familiarise themselves with the extent of work done and advice Government accordingly.
The project being undertaken by Amandi Holding Limited, an Israeli construction firm, comprises of 368 housing units at a cost of 101 Million Ghana cedis and is expected to be completed in August this year.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Nana Amoako, who is also the Member of Parliament for Upper Denkyira East, on behalf of the Committee, expressed satisfaction about the extent of work done.

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The Hungarain Ambassador Paid A Coutersy Call To The Honourable Minister

The HungarianThe Hungarain Ambassador Visit to the Minister 2 Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Andras Szabo called on the Honourable Minister yesterday 20th October, 2016 at his office in Accra. The New Ambassador after formally introducing himself presented his letter of credence to His Excellency the President a month ago. Discussions with the Hon. Minister centred on Hungarian investments in the Water and Housing Sectors of the Ghanaian economy and said currently some water projects by Hungary is being executed in Kumasi.
He however, expressed increased interest in the Housing Sector to enable investors from Hungary to partake in. The Honourable Minister on His part said government is ready to partner Hungarian businessmen in all sectors of the economy particularly in the Housing Sector which currently has a deficit of 1.7million and lauded Hungary’s desire to invest in that direction.
Present at the meeting was the Hon. Deputy Minister, Samuel Yaw Adusei, the Chief Director, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, and the Director of Water, Mr. Fred Addai.



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Minister For Work And Housing Inspects Flood Prone Area

Hon. Atta Akyea, The Minister for Works and Housing together with the management of the Ministry inspected the flood prone areas that were seriously affected by the downpour on Sunday, 26th February, 2016.
At Asylum Down, a bridge constructed over the main drain a few months ago to facilitate water flow from the Nima drains to the Odaw River had collapsed. According to some residents this occurrence caused their homes to flood which led to the destruction of their properties worth thousands of cedis.
Reaction to this incident, the Hon. Minister criticised the contractor who constructed the bridge and assured the residents that the Ministry will investigate and sanction the contractor appropriately.
The Hon. Minister also visited Alajo and the Odaw River at Kwame Nkrumah interchange were the floods had swept away the wares of traders.
Hon. Atta Akyea emphasised the need and the importance of finding a lasting solution to this perennial flooding which continue to destroy lives and property during raining season than to resort to temporary measures which are costly.
According to the Hon. Minister, an amount of $700 million is required to implement a master plan that had been drawn to end the perennial floods. He further stated that “I am going to push that we find funds to do it”.
To ameliorate and prevent the loss of lives and properties during the coming raining season, Hon. Atta Akyea assured that, the Ministry will work together with Dredge Masters t desilt the drains.

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