Government To Partner Private Sector To Reduce Housing Deficit

Hon. Deputy Minister visit to Sethi Realty 4The Deputy Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Freda Prempeh has paid a working visit to Nyame Dua City, a gated community project being constructed by Sethi Realty, a Real Estate Company in Kpone Katamanso District of the Greater Accra Region.
The visit was to inspect the company’s housing project and see how best the Ministry could collaborate with Sethi Realty to reduce the national housing deficit.
The project comprised of 8 blocks of two and three bedroom apartments, with each block consisting of 30 apartments, making a total of 240 apartments.
Addressing the media after the inspection, Hon. Freda Prempeh said as part of public private partnership, the government was considering how best to acquire at least 200 units of apartments from Sethi Reality, which is an indication of providing 200 people with quality accommodation to ease the 1.7 million housing deficit.
She noted that there were a number of high rise buildings in the city but due to the expensive nature of those facilities, it was difficult people to rent or buy these facilities. In view of this, the Ministry was looking at engaging the private sector to jointly provide quality and affordable housing for the citizenry.

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Minister Visits Communities Affected By Coastal Waves

correct0001The Minister for Works and Housing, Honourable Samuel Atta Akyea has visited Blekusu in the Ketu South Municipal of the Volta Region to inspect communities that were affected by coastal waves.
The Hon. Minister, who was accompanied by his Deputy Minister, Hon. Freda Prempeh, the Chief Director, Mr. Solomon Asoalla and some officials of the Ministry, were taken round the affected communities by the Ketu South Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Edem Agbenowu.
About 272 households in four communities, namely Blekusu, Agavedzi, Amutinu and Salakorpe were displaced.
The Minister commended the Assembly for the timely intervention and called for collaborative effort to address the incidence permanently.
He said it was capital intensive to manage the coast of any nation and called for bold steps to protect the coastal areas of the country. ‘When we show commitment as a people to address that challenge we can have the opportunity to attract investors to come in and support,’ he added.
Hon. Atta Akyea said the Ministry would impress upon the Ministry of Finance to allocate some special fund in case of emergency situation like the coastal waves.
He therefore appealed to the Chiefs and religious bodies and authorities to intensify education on the need to avoid building houses near the coastal lines.

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3 June Disaster Victims Remembered

3 June0003The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has organised a memorial service in remembrance of the victims of the 3rd June, 2015 disaster which occurred at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.
In a speech read on behalf of His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by the Minister of Works and Housing, Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea, consoled the victims and expressed government’s commitment to ensure that the victims received what is due them.
The Hon. Minister thanked God for the lives of the survivors and said though they have lost properties and investments, the most important thing is that they are alive.
He emphasised the Government’s determination to resolve the sanitation problem with regards to the construction of efficient drainage systems in order to avoid the repetition of the June 3 disaster.
He announced the construction of an underground sewerage system to absorb the large volumes of water during torrential rains and added that the World Bank had engaged Ghana in this regard to solve the drainage problem in the entire country.
Hon. Atta Akyea applauded Dredge Masters, a subsidiary of Zoomlion, for ensuring that the flood situation in the capital, Accra, is being resolved to prevent any flood disaster in the future.
He disclosed that all relevant ministries involved were working to ensure that the situation was resolved in flood-prone areas across the country.

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Minister Inspects Projects In The Western Region

Minister Inspects Projects In The Western Region 6

  The Minister for Works and Housing, Honourable Samuel Atta Akyea, visited the Western Region to inspect  status of the Nkontompo,  Adwoa and Aboadze Sea Defence projects.

 The Minister, who was accompanied by his two Deputy Ministers, Hon. Freda Prempeh, Hon. Eugene Boakye  Antwi and other officials  also visited Axim to inspect the effects of tidal waves along the coastline.
 Addressing the media after the inspection, the Honourable Minister assured the chiefs and people of Axim that  efforts are being made by  government for the Axim coastal protection works to begin.
 He acknowledged that the coastal areas in the Western Region, apart from being abound in fish stock, was also  endowed with beautiful beaches that have huge economic and tourism potential for both the country and the  people in the region.
 “If we do not work on the sea defence project at Brawire and Axim, the beaches will continue to destroy  including the road infrastructure. If we secure the shore at Axim, the investment will come” he noted.
Hon. Atta Akyea was of the view that, to resolve the financing issue of the project, Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement should be adopted for contractors to pre-finance the project.
The Western Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, indicated that the Region has most of the country’s resources, which includes cocoa, gold and rubber. Therefore, any investment made in the region was justified.
The chiefs commended the Minister for taking keen interest in the sea erosion issue, adding that pictures of the devastating waves of the sea, over the years, had stirred in the face of the fishing communities at Axim and Brawire shores, posing a serious threat to lives and properties.

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Change Attitude Towards The Environment-Parliamentarians

correct20001The Parliamentary Select Committee on Works and Housing paid a familiarization visit to Dredge Masters Limited, the contractor dredging and desilting the Odaw River and Korle Lagoon in Accra.
Hon. Nana Amoako, the Chairman of the Committee appealed to the public to change their attitudes towards the environment and stop polluting water bodies to prevent flooding when it rains. He lamented that, without positive attitude towards the environment, no meaningful impact would be made on the dredging of the Odaw River and Korle Lagoon and its channels in the capital city.
The Government, according to the Chairman, will engage the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and other vital stakeholders to deal with the challenges posed by human settlements along the Odaw River and the Korle Lagoon among others. He said “It is time for stringent measures to be taken and resettlement considered to address the problem”.
The Director of operations of Dredge Masters, Mr. Sena Adiepena, in a presentation to the Committee, expressed concerns over the human and commercial activities on the already limited buffer zone and called for urgent action to prevent the situation.
Ing. Wise Ametepe, Dredge Masters Project Coordinator of KLERP, said there is the need for construction of sand barriers to prevent the siltation of the drains to save the government huge sums of monies spent on dredging and drains.
The Committee commended Dredge Masters Limited, a Ghanaian company for the good work done.

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