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GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO ADDRESSING HOUSING DEFICIT―MINISTER

The Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta-Akyea, has pledged government’s committed to addressing the nation’s housing deficit, through partner with the private sector to provide affordable housing to low and middle-income earners.

 

The Minister, who was speaking at the commemoration of this year’s World Habitat Day in Accra, said government intended to adopt cost-saving technologies and new techniques of construction as well as innovative mortgaging.

 

Government, he said, would put in place a regulatory framework and policies that would create an enabling environment for the private sector to contribute to delivering housing units to the populace.

 

He mentioned the launch of the National Housing Policy, which seeks to improve access to lands with title for housing and the establishment of the National Housing Fund and National Housing Authority as some of the initiatives that would help address the country’s housing deficit.

 

The first Monday of October in every year has been set aside by the United Nations (UN) as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of cities and towns and the basic rights of all to adequate housing.

 

The UN has also designated the month of October as “Urban October” to raise awareness, promote participation, generate knowledge and engage the international community on sustainable urban development.

 

Source: ISD (Abu Mubarik)