DEPUTY MINISTER LAUNCHES CITY CONSTRUCTION AND PROPERTIES AWARDS
The Hon. Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Eugene Boakye Antwi, has launched the maiden City Construction and Properties Awards at the British Council in Accra.
The award scheme, which was on the theme; Conceive, Construct, Conserve, was instituted by Image Consortium, a Marketing Communications Company.
The purpose of the award scheme was to celebrate and recognise the hard work of players within the construction and property industry. Image Consortium, in the past 16 years, has organised the International Building Construction and Property Exhibition and published the City Construction and Properties Magazine which has given way for a more innovative and mixed developments in Ghana and beyond.
Speaking at the launch, the Deputy Minister, said “an initiative to recognise our noble players in the built industry confirms that their works are valued and I believe this gives them greater satisfaction and surely will boost their output”.
He lauded Image Consortium for the initiative and stated that creating such platforms to honour design and project teams as well as facility managers in the building and construction industry is good since it would bring the players together for a common and a good course.
Touching on the country’s housing deficit, the Minister said government is taking a novel way for construction of homes and instituting creative financing schemes geared towards improving overall affordability, and access to decent homes for all working Ghanaians and their families in modern communities.
He noted that government will soon start the implementation of the pilot phase of the Mortgage and Housing Finance Market Scheme, saying “an amount of 1 billion Ghana Cedis has been voted to establish a mortgage and housing finance and will be seeded with at least 100 million Ghana Cedis every fiscal year over the next 5 years”.
Hon. Boakye Antwi, urged firms and stakeholders in the built environment sector to take bold steps to reduce reliance on foreign workers and embrace labour saving methods and technologies to increase productivity.
The Executive Director of Image Consortium, Mrs. Eugenia France, outlined the organisation’s contributions towards the development of the building construction sector in the past and the birth of the new award scheme.
According to her, the theme for the award would cut across all three stages, from the conceptualization stage, designing, through to the actual construction stage.