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Comprehensive master plan developed for Pokuase Housing Project – Asenso-Boakye

The Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye says the government has developed a well-thought-out master plan for the Pokuase Housing Project.

According to the sector minister, the government does not want this project to suffer similar setbacks of the previous housing projects.

Speaking at the commencement of the project at Pokuase on Tuesday, August 1, Mr Asenso-Boakye said the Pokuase Housing Project has been taken through the necessary feasibility and viability needed for smooth take of and completion.

“Unlike the previous efforts, this revised programme stands out, as distinct and exceptional in multiple ways. This distinction arises primarily from the valuable insights gained from our past experiences, inspiring our commitment to approach things the right way, this time.”

“When I assumed office in 2021, we took the decision to undertake a comprehensive review of the public housing profile. This review led to the development of a revised framework, which consist of two (2) parts: the supply-side and the demand-side.”

“On the supply-side, the government will provide free unencumbered land and associated infrastructure, after which the private sector will be invited to construct the housing units for its subsequent sale at an agreed selling price, he said.

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Meanwhile, the Bantama legislator also said President Akufo-Addo is committed to completing all housing projects started by previous governments.

Mr Asenso-Boakye said the government is currently taking the necessary steps to revive the Saglemi Housing Project and others which encountered fundamental challenges.

He thus assured Ghanaians that the current government is focused on building affordable homes for the ordinary citizens.

“In 2006, under the leadership of President John Agyekum Kufuor, government launched an Affordable Housing Programme which aimed to construct 5000 housing units in six (6) different towns over a five-year period. Unfortunately, despite the noble intentions, the project did not yield the anticipated outcomes, due to challenges in project conception and funding.”

“However, significant steps have been taken by government to complete some of the projects, including completed ones at Asokore Mampong in the Ashanti region, Borteyman and Kpone in the Greater Accra region, while the others are being given the due consideration.”

“Similarly, in 2012, under the leadership of President John Evans Atta Mills, and later President John Mahama, the NDC Government also initiated the Saglemi Affordable Housing Project, with the intention of addressing the country’s housing needs. Regrettably, this project also encountered fundamental challenges, which halted the project due to various factors. Government is taking the necessary steps to revive the project.”

“These projects did not progress as expected, primarily, because it failed to consider the entire ecosystem involved in the delivery of housing, such as the availability of land, infrastructure, sustainable funding, building materials, and an inclusive demand-side arrangement,” he added.

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