National Housing Policy Launched In Accra

A National Housing Policy, which seeks to create an enabling environment for the private sector to continue to provide leadership in the delivery of houses, has been launched in Accra.

The policy has the overall goal of providing decent and affordable housing that is accessible and sustainable.

The policy recommends the establishment of a National Housing Fund which will be used for affordable mortgages, construction finance, slum upgrading and support for small-scale local building material producers.

It also recommends the establishment of a National Housing Authority to oversee the implementation of the policy.

Delivering the key note address to launch the policy, the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Hon. Alhaji Collins Dauda, said the policy would give direction to the housing industry in Ghana.

Hon. Dauda expressed the Ministry’s profound gratitude to all stakeholders including Ghana’s Development partners, particularly the UN-Habitat, for the financial and technical assistance provided in the formulation of the policy.

In a statement, a representative of UN-Habitat, MS Abena Ntori, expressed concern about the deficit in the national housing stock, the rate of illegal construction and substandard housing production processes in Ghana.

Ms Ntori stressed the need for a strong political will, sound guidelines and adequate regulations to be able to provide adequate shelter for all, reduce slum growth and ensure sustainable urban development.

She, therefore, pledged the commitment of UN-Habitat to collaborate with government to develop a housing strategy to guide the policy, planning and programming of investments, and the management and maintenance of activities in the areas of housing, slum upgrading and prevention.

In addition, she said, the strategy was also intended to integrate the policy into broader urban planning strategies and governmental actions, aligning them with other social, economic and environmental policies.

Ms Ntori said the strategy ultimately demonstrated the intention of the country’s work towards the realization of the right to adequate housing and to contribute to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

In his closing remarks, Hon. David Tetteh Assumeng, Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Works and Housing, and Chairman for the occasion, expressed the hope that the policy would help address the high housing deficit in the country and develop the housing industry in general.

Hon. Assumeng, disclosed that the Real Estate Authority Bill 2014 was currently before the committee, adding that the committee would help ensure the successful implementation of the National Housing policy.

Source: ISD (Faith Junko Ogawa)

Created: 27 March 2015
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