100,000 AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE OFFING

H.E. the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has launched the construction of 100,000 Affordable Housing Project at Afiaman near Amasaman in Accra.

On September, 2018, the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Works and Housing, signed an initial Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The purpose of the MoU was for development, construction and funding of Affordable Housing model for Ghana via UNOPS funding partners in the private sector at a cost of 5 billion US Dollars.

Addressing the gathering, the Vice President said the initiative is historic and a game changer because the project will go long way to bridge the housing deficit which is in excess of 1.7 million units.

“With the UNOPS project coming on board to augment housing projects currently being undertaken by the government and the private sector, we are close to overcome challenges facing the housing sector. In fact we are really going to, with this particular project close the gap” he said.

According to Dr. Bawumia, one of the greatest ongoing need on the continent of Africa is the availability of affordable housing for its citizens, saying President Akufo-Addo is so interested in the UNOPS housing project which has much benefits for Ghanaians.

He revealed that with the construction of the Affordable Housing, government, together with UNOPS will ensure the provision of a proper mortgage system that will support the hardworking Ghanaians to own homes that come with all amenities.

On her part, the Hon. Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Barbara Asher Ayisi, said having a home is a basic human right which allows one to live a happy and fulfilling life.

According to her, statistics available indicates that 60 percent of Ghana’s urban population will need government’s intervention to support them get access to housing.

She added that the implementation of the project will massively provide houses targeted at this 60 percent population in the short term whilst the rest of the population will be addressed in the long term.

The Under-General-Secretary and Executive Director of UNOPS, Grefet Faremo, said the Afiaman site will see 6,500 homes as part of the 100,000 homes that will be built across Ghana.

She said the launch goes beyond affordable housing because it will improve lives, provide jobs and support a sustainable economy.

She revealed that similar projects will be rolled out in Kenya, Pakistan, and India and across the Caribbean to provide a total of 850,000 affordable homes as one of the largest programme the world has ever seen.

She noted that the programme will see the establishment of 3 factories that will produce the materials needed for the construction of the housing units. “The factory will provide as I mentioned, jobs and training to the local workers who will build the Sustainable Energy Efficient Homes” she added.

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