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Jun 22, 2012

Ghana Housing Profile Launched In Accra



The Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, yesterday, launched the ‘Ghana Housing Profile’ which seeks to inform, promote and assist in the implementation of housing policies at the national level.

The Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Hon. Nii Nortey-Duah, said the Profile gave an in-depth understanding of the structure and functioning of the housing sector, the role housing policies played in influencing housing markets and the provision of affordable housing options.

According to the Hon. Nortey-Duah, the housing policy had an overall goal of providing adequate, safe, decent and affordable housing with infrastructural facilities that was accessible and sustainable with the government as a facilitator.

The Deputy Minister noted that the main constraints against the efficient delivery of housing, such as access to land with good titles, housing finance at affordable rates, availability of local building materials in adequate quantities and the provision of infrastructure, still prevailed.

He, therefore, gave the assurance that issues affecting national housing policy would receive utmost attention. He disclosed that Ghana had been admitted as a member of Shelter-Afrique Company to participate in the real estate development project.

This, Hon. Nortey-Duah said, provided Ghana the opportunity to access funds at moderate interest rates from the Pan-African financial institution, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

Hon. Nii Nortey-Duah commended the UN-Habitat for providing the technical and financial assistance and the team who supervised and worked tirelessly to put the document together to completion.

In a speech, the United Nations (UN) Resident Co-ordinator, Mrs. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, said the ‘Profile’ significantly addressed Ghana’s urban housing sector and provided the way forward that would impose a reality check in the housing sector as well as road maps which pointed to the right direction.

According to Ms Sandhu-Rojon, the recent release of the Housing and Population Census report indicated that Ghana had crossed the urban-divide and was rapidly urbanising, with the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions recording the greatest population rate.

Mrs. Sandhu-Rojon urged housing institutions to focus on creating conditions that would favour the scaling up of housing supply in quantity and diversity sizes, types and locations to facilitate the rapid supply of low income houses for the urban poor.

She noted that the UN-Habitat Slum Upgrading Facility Pilot project in Ashiaman was an example of a commercial unit that could be used to subsidize housing units to make decent housing affordable to slum dwellers.

Mrs Sandhu expressed the hope that the housing interventions would be replicated in communities around the northern part of Ghana and spread to the south for a sustainable development of Ghana.

Source: Office of the President