Jul 2013

A 5,000 housing unit project, 'aimed at addressing the current housing problem at the country, will commence  next month, in Sege, in the Dangme East District, to reduce the current housing challenges in the country; Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Sampson Ahi, has said.

The project, to be executed by a Brazilian construction company, according to him, would provide affordable housing for the public, he said, adding that, plans for the construction were far advanced as all necessary documentation by both the government and the company had been done.

Mr Ahi said this during a familiarisation tour of the Red Sea Housing Services Ghana Limited at Tema, manufacturers of modular buildings and, providers of a broad range of housing solutions for commercial and residential applications.

The company, is located within the free zone enclave specialises in designing, planning, manufacturing, constructing and exporting movable houses made mainly of steel and insulated panels as well as construction equipments.

The Deputy Minister said due to-the country's huge housing deficits government was considering other alternatives to reduce the 1.7million deficits.

Mr Ahi said the modular houses, compared to concrete houses, were cheaper and due to its mortgage facilities and flexible prices, government could negotiate with the management of the company to provide such houses.

“Government is going to create massive interventions in the housing sector especially in the rural areas.

This government intervention is also expected to attract more workers, including National Service Personnel to render their services in such areas,” he said.

The Managing Director of Red sea Housing, Mr Mark Summer, said the modular houses were suitable for the country’s economy as it required very little maintenance.

He said the buildings, which could last for 25 years or more without any major maintenance were self-extinguishing and did not chip or flak.

“The insulated panels used in covering the walls reduce electricity costs as it keeps the room cool by keeping out the heat, it does not deteriorate, it is bacteria-free and does not need re-painting,” he said.

Source: The Daily Graphic