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Ghana National Housing Project, Ghana

Monday 07 Feb 2011

First step for $1.5bn housing scheme

Ghana National Housing Project by WAN Editorial in Ghana
Copyright © 2011. Ghana Government Portal 
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18/10/11 sat, xxx
who can make sure it will be done??? will any of the people commented here know what will happen in 2015?? will anybody here checking it???
Hope for the best....
02/03/11 Rainer Sliwinski, Wiesbaden
Giant-sized housing schemes both private and public failed throughout times, places and social systems. They foster self-aggrandizement of ruling powers and subject both architecture and people to sugar daddy economies. Comments here are pointing rightly towards the disintegrative effects of such attempts. Instead realistic and life-scaled schemes should be implemented. Future residents should be involved in the planning process etc, etc. The power of integration and participation is commonly underestimated. Why always duplicate the same old thing, instead reaching out for change?
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08/02/11 Keith Fielder, London
I don't know much about Ghana so some things are not clear to me. If these houses are for the security services then the rest of the population must be feeling pretty sick! If as the article states 70% of Ghananians cannot afford to buy or build their own houses does this mean that 70% of the population is in the security forces? One wonders what have government been doing about housing since Independence in 1957 waiting over 60 years to do a deal with South Korea? How did China miss this golden opportunity? The impression I get from the picture is of some 'ruler' surrounded by his tough henchmen consolidating his power over the people. No smiley faces there. Can somebody please prove me wrong? How did this get to be headline news for WAN? There is nothing of architectural interest in this.
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08/02/11 m.kones,architect-ecoplanner, beersheva-israel
all the best for this giant step towards solving the housing problem in africa! i would like to wish and suggest to be implemented according to sustainability principles,especially in materials used and local traditional techniques to climatic adaptation for low energy needs!
08/02/11 Godfrey Chapples, Woking
Well done President John Atta Mills of Ghana, presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony of providing 200,000 new dwellings by 2015.

We hope the allocations are handled with scrupulous fairness and given to those in need by virtue of their contribution to the Nation.

We trust the funding will be controlled with equal integrity so that all the money is used for the projects in the chosen locations.
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08/02/11 Murambiwa Tarabuku, Harare, Zimbabwe
I think this is a noble investment, unlike in may instances in Africa where public money is used to line politicians' pockets at the expense of such basic needs as housing for the marginalised population groups. We may complain that this is a political gimmick to placate the defense forces, however Africa is made of extended families, the benefits will resonate far and wider than just the immediate defence force beneficiaries. Keep it up; please WAN keep tracking the progress of this and tell us of the progress or lack thereof.
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07/02/11 Craig Isaac, Charlotte
Is there a possibilityy to use my design of www.MorHaus.com to accomodate some long term temporary units? We could send jigs and use local supplies and labour build their own Morhaus. They can be easily dismantled and assembled in a different area when needed.
07/02/11 baxter, corona
I am always amused when a government is spending billions on a scheme. This time it is for security forces housing. We all know what government housing turns out to be in the end. Souless boxes that are ment to control lives. Why not improve the villages that they live in so that they can remain a part of their culture, not seperated from it by relocation to some artifical city on government provided lots. Has no one learned from the mistakes of the past.
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Groundbreaking ceremony held for Ghana National Housing Project 

Following a groundbreaking ceremony on 27th January 2011, work is now underway on a $1.5bn housing scheme in Ghana which aims to construct 200,000 housing units for the country’s security services by 2015. The highly anticipated event was overseen by President John Atta Mills, who was keen to stress: “We are not building houses for the sake of building; we are building houses that will stand the test of time.”

The Ghana National Housing Project will commence in four stages over the coming years: the initial stage will create 30,000 housing units, 60,000 in the second phase and 110,000 over the third and fourth stages. The Ghanaian government is working with South Korea's STX Group on the scheme, with the aim of ‘giving comfort to the over 70% of Ghanaians who cannot afford to buy or build their own houses’.

30,000 housing units will be constructed in five sites across the country during the first stage of the programme, with five training centres set aside to educate the workforce on the technological and industrial techniques necessary to construct the housing units to the required quality standards. President Mills has reinforced that ‘shoddy’ building work will not be tolerated.

He continued: “This is a significant turning point in the history of our country. This is the change we promised...and government intends to leave a strong and positive legacy and the completion of this project will be a legacy that history will not be able to write.” The government has embarked on the wide-scale project in an effort to dramatically reduce Ghana’s housing deficit. It has thought that the Ghanaian government will provides the lots for the first 30,000 housing units, Ghana’s national pension fund will pay for the second stage of 60,000 homes and the remaining 110,000 units will be sold to low earners and government officials.

Deputy Minister for Information, James Agyenim- Boateng drew attention to the need to offer support to Ghana’s security forces. He explained: “Our security service personnel continue to sacrifice in their pursuit of peace and security in the nation. The least we can do for them is to ensure that we provide them with decent housing and government will continue to work towards achieving that objective. We will not turn our back on them.”


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