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.”