Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea has disclosed that the incumbent Akufo-Addo led administration has promised to provide 200,000 housing units per year amounting to 800,000 housing units in four years should the NPP government win a second term in office come December 7.
According to the MP for Akim Abuakwa South constituency, the NPP government will embark on a “massive housing roll-out” in their next term in office.
“I can tell you that if and when we assume the reigns of government, we want to tackle this [housing deficit] aggressively, it should be a minimum of about 200,000 housing units in a year,” he indicated.
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Currently, Ghana’s housing deficit stands at 2 million; a problem which he attributed to the country’s strained financial space.
Talking on Joy New’s current affairs TV program, PM Express, Hon. Atta Akyea clarified that the NPP had been not able to address, the issues of Ghana’s housing deficit due to the “inherited troubles” from the past National Democratic Congress; and some noteworthy capital intensive approaches the administration had sought after in their first term.
“Why the NPP government is pressing strong, that it is our second term that will see a massive housing rollout is because of what we call the inherited troubles that we came to meet; first of all, GHS33 million debt and if you add also the financial roll out for the banks.
“Then there was a major intervention in the area of Free Senior High School; then we moved on to the Planting for Food and Jobs and the roads. If you’re realistic and put the three areas of economic interventions together, you’ll have very little space to do a massive rollout of housing.”
Stressing on his submissions with respect to the present status of Ghana’s housing deficit, Hon. Atta Akyea said the NPP, having now actualized these social mediation plans would devote their assets to give moderate housing to Ghanaians.
He argued that the government would provide 200,000 housing units for every year should they tackle the situation forcefully in their subsequent term.
Surprisingly Atta Akyea argued that considering the technology available, the government might be able to produce even more than the estimated 200,000 units per year.
“And even more, when we apply ourselves properly to the state-of-the-art technology that we believe we should apply, where you can have prefabricated structures that within 21 days we can see a good and decent place of abode.
“Because so far as we are concerned if we went through this normal way of building houses, I’m afraid this deficit will be mocking us for a long tine.”
He added that “It is something that we are hell-bent on achieving in our next term when we have the grace to continue, that will be able to deliver housing in 21 days. That technology is from Hungary…”