The government has cut sod for a new affordable housing project, with the cheapest unit costing up to $13,800. Private developers are expected to provide 14,000 affordable housing units under this project.
The project will see 8,000 units located at Pokuase/Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region and 6,000 housing units at Dedesua in the Ashanti Region. The private developers have been given a price ceiling for the units.
According to figures from the housing ministry, a studio apartment will cost up to $13,800, a one-bedroom up to $20,700 a two-bedroom up to $34,500, and a three-bedroom up to $42,550.
These prices are comparable to other projects like the Asokore Mampong affordable housing project in the Ashanti Region.
At the sod-cutting, the housing minister, Francis Asenso-Boakye, said the government would provide free land for private developers and social services like roads and utilities. He further said the National Homeownership Fund will provide subsidised mortgages for prospective homeowners. Also, speaking at the launch, President Akufo-Addo said the government had adequate stakeholder engagements. “This strategic collaboration will help to ensure a steady demand for the housing units, which will contribute to the overall success of the programme,” he said.
New project too expensive Divine Aggor, the CEO of the Rentchamber Group, an organization that advocates for housing reform, was critical of the proposed prices, saying they were too expensive to be described as affordable housing. Aggor also told YEN.com.gh he was shocked the government priced the units in foreign currency.
“The fact that the government was bold enough to quote the prices in dollars; this is an abomination. Are we not in this country where the government keeps telling us that citizens not price any rent in dollars?”
Rehoboth Properties, State Housing Company Limited, Devtraco Group Limited, FrankPauls Ventures Company Limited, and Douja Promotion Addoha Groupe Limited have been noted as the developers. The first batch of 4,000 houses is expected in 18 months. The announcement of this project comes as the government reaffirmed its decision to move on from the Saglemi Housing Project.
The announcement of this project comes as the government reaffirmed its decision to move on from the Saglemi Housing Project.
Written by: Delali Adogla-Bessa