GOVERNMENT WILL SOLVE FLOOD SITUATION – MINISTER
The Minister of Works and Housing, Honorable Samuel Atta Akyea, has assured Ghanaians of Government’s commitment to solve the perennial flooding in the country.
He said, government is considering raising bonds or putting in place a serious financial plan to repair broken bridges among other defective structural works to curb the recurrent flooding in the country.
According to him, the flooding situation in Kumasi, Accra and other places is a big challenge that needs good financial plan and adequate funds to tackle the situation once and for all, just as bonds are raised for equally important projects.
The Honorable Minister was addressing the media in Kumasi after a tour of some flood prone areas such as Sepe, Boukrom, Asabi, Esreso and Moshie Zongo, among others in Kumasi and its environs in the Ashanti Region.
He was accompanied by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Deputy Ministers of Works and Housing, the Mayor of Kumasi, Members of Parliament in the area, the Chief Director of the Ministry, Director of Hydrological Services Department, the National Disaster and Management Organisation (NADMO) and some other officials.
GOVERNMENT TO TACKLE FLOODING IN ACCRA
The Honorable Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has assured Ghanaians that the Government will do all it can to end the vicious cycle of rain induced flooding in Accra.
He said to bring an end to this cycle, the President has allocated an amount of GHC 200 million to augment the GHC 17.3 million budget allocation of the Ministry.
In addition, the World Bank has agreed to assist Government to tackle the situation with a commitment of an additional US$ 100 million.
The Honorable Minister had this revelation when he was addressing the media at the conference room of the Ministry after an inspection tour of some flood prone areas and drainages in Accra to assess the state of the facilities ahead of the rainy season.
GHANA JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION TO BUILD MEDIA VILLAGE FOR JOURNALISTS
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Koans Estate Limited, a leading Real Estate developer to build 100 housing units for journalists across the country.
The move is aimed at improving the living conditions of journalists by providing them with decent accommodation at a reasonable price. The building type consist of two bedroom expandable and three bedroom expandable. While an expandable two-bedroom house will go for GH₵60, 000, a three bedroom expandable house will cost GH₵80,000. The terms of payment are however yet to be agreed on between the GJA and the Koans Estate Limited.
Launching the project at the Ghana International Press Centre in Accra, the Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Honorable Freda Prempeh, lauded the GJA leadership for its desire to ensure the welfare of its members. She described shelter as a prerequisite in life, for which reason the government attaches so much importance to it, adding that, a process had been initiated by Government to put up 10,000 affordable housing units across the country.
He said working together will provide the necessary ethical and moral compass to ensure ethical conduct for all those practicing engineering in the country and also ensure a long-term sustainability of engineering projects in the country.
Honorable Atta Akyea was speaking at the 50th Anniversary Conference and 2018 Engineering Week Celebration of the Ghana Institution of Engineering on the theme; “GhIE@50: Introspection and the Impact of Engineering on Ghana’s sustainable development,” in Accra.
VICE PRESIDENT COMMISSIONS NAVAL BARRACKS
The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, commissioned the newly- constructed Naval Barracks at the Eastern Naval Command, Tema, for the gallant service men and women who have been working tirelessly to secure the peace and safety of the country.
The barracks is the Phase two of the Security Services Housing Project. It is fully gated and made up of 23 blocks comprising a total of 368 apartments. Out of the 23 blocks, 8 blocks are 3-bedroom flats and 15 blocks are 2-bedrooms flats.
The facility also comes with a multi-purpose sports facility and a play ground for personnel and their families. The project was fully financed by the Government of Ghana and constructed by Messrs Amandi Holdings Group at a cost of GH¢ 101.2 million.
Commissioning the facility, Dr. Bawumia said, completion of the project is another step in the overall development and modernization of facilities for the Ghana Armed Forces and also toward improvements in the Ghana Armed Forces’ accommodation, saying it is necessary to ensure that the country has the best of facilities for all security personnel.
He noted that, the completed units could not have come at a better time than now because housing is a basic human need and that the desire for a decent home is every human being’s dream and key to the overall development of any nation, as it impacts directly on the social, health and economic status of citizens.
DEVELOP NEW WAYS OF WIPING OUT HOUSING DEFICIT – MINISTER
The Honorable Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has urged Shimizu Corporation of Japan to bring out technological ideas that will help reduce Ghana’s housing deficit within a shortest time frame.
The Minister was speaking at the Shimizu Open Academy Seminar at the Great Hall, University of Ghana in Accra. The seminar, which is the first of its kind in Africa, forms part of corporate social responsibility of Shimizu Institute of Technology, Japan.
According to the Minister, modern era construction of houses should not take a longer time to complete and that a technology that will bring a paradigm shift is imperative for the country’s development.
Honorable Atta Akyea, who expressed hope about the use of modern technology as the panacea for construction of houses within the shortest possible time, asked “what kind of Japanese ideas are you bringing us to wipe out this deficit, what kind of technology do you have that we will not be marking time for three years before we can see a flat in the air.”
DEPUTY MINISTER LAUNCHES PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN HANDBOOK FOR ARCHITECTS
The Honorable Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Freda Prempeh has launched the maiden Professional Practice Handbook for Architects at the Architects Registration Council (ARC) in Accra.
The handbook is to guide all qualified persons through practical training to registration as Registered Architects under the Architects Act 1969, NLCD 257.
It is also to provide a structured guide for probationer Architects and rules and guiding notes for employers or mentors of probationers among others.
Launching the handbook, the Deputy Minister commended the Council for their work and said the handbook will provide the framework for transitioning from academic qualification to professional qualification and registration as a Registered Architect in Ghana.
She said the training handbook is useful to anyone who is ready to take the necessary steps towards his or her learning and professional growth and that the development of human resource has always been a critical part in the quest for a just and equitable society where the need of the wider society is met.
GHANA PROPERTY AWARDS HELD
The Property Express Group, in collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Housing has held the 2017 Property Awards at the Banquet Hall, State House in Accra.
The awards, which was on the theme, ‘Exploiting Data to bond Bricks and Mortar Trading, marked the 10th Anniversary of the event and brought together scores of people, especially from the built industry.
Addressing the gathering, Honorable Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Honorable Freda Prempeh, said the government would use an appropriate mix of public policy and public private investments to deliver quality, affordable social housing and private solutions that meet the needs and financial capacity of the ordinary Ghanaian.
According to her, the Ministry would work with identifiable groups and associations to facilitate the construction of homes for their members through the provision of the appropriate financing guarantees.
She reiterated the government’s commitment to promote and develop the use of local building materials in the construction of buildings as well as facilitate the development of an active mortgage market to expand mortgage loans to Ghanaians.
INDUCTION OF NEW ARCHITECTS
The Architects Registration Council of Ghana (ARC), held its 17th induction ceremony where for 42 newly qualified Architects at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences were inducted.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Architecture the Critical Tool for Development’, the Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Hon. Eugene Boakye Antwi, said architecture plays a significant role in the socio-economic development of every nation, particularly the provision of safe, functional, attractive and state-of-art settlements to enhance livelihoods and boost productivity in the workplace.
He noted that, architecture is a noble profession that deservedly enjoys a high standing in society and within the building and construction industry and therefore, much is expected of architects to collaborate with their colleagues in the built environment, to ensure sustained work,for the benefit of all.
He called on the inductees to adhere to the professional ethics and code of conduct since their work has trans-generational implications and when it is shoddy, the cost is huge over a long period of time.
WORLD HABITAT DAY MARKED
The 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, Honorable 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.
MINISTER VISITS AGENCIES
The Minister for Works and Housing, Honorable Samuel Atta Akyea on the 24th of August paid a visit to agencies under the Ministry to acquaint himself with their operations and activities.
The Minister and his entourage visited agencies which include the Engineering Council, Architects Registration Council and Hydrological Services Department.
In his interaction with staff, he urged the agencies to remain resolute, put up their best and do what they could in order to ensure that work goes on smoothly. He assured them of government’s commitment and determination to provide solutions for challenges they face at work to enable staff deliver well.