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Foster Effah writes: Saglemi Housing Project; a housing messiah left to rot

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Rent, continues to be one of the main issues faced by many Ghanaians in the country.

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Securing a decent accommodation in Ghana comes at a very high cost particularly because many Ghanaians rely on the house rental system where many landlords use this as an opportunity to exploit their tenants.

In view of this, governments, time in time, formulate policies to aid the housing deficit and housing issues in the country, this, what is normally known as the affordable housing projects.

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One of these projects is the Saglemi Housing project undertaken by the John Mahama-led administration in 2012.

The facility, which is situated at Ningo-Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, covers over a 300 acre land and is expected to occupy about 5000 residential unit facilities, with one, two and three bedroom flats, to aid the housing deficit in the country.

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Although the $200 million project was expected to cover about 5000 housing units, only 1500 housing units was commissioned by the then president John Dramani Mahama before exiting power but it remains unused and left to the mercy of rains, insects and other animals.

This particular housing project have been a center of controversy because upon the succession of the ruling party in January 2017, the 1500 housing units commissioned by John Mahama remains unoccupied.

The NPP failed to continue the project when they assumed office in 2017 citing issues such as misappropriation of funds and missing of some contract documents as well as some inconsistencies in some of the documents.

The Works and Housing Minister in the NPP’s first administration, Atta Akyea, accused his predecessor at the same ministry, Collins Dauda, of altering some of the contract agreements and asked the Attorney General at the time, Madam Gloria Akuffo, to look into the matter and scrutinize the agreement.

Atta Akyea was of the view that the original agreement passed by parliament in October 2012 was for 5000 housing units, but the minister at the time reviewed it to 1500 and subsequently to 1024 after another review in 2016.

Fast forward to 2021, the current minister of the Ministry at the center of all these, Mr. Francis Asenso-Boakye earlier this year on a visit to the site indicated that government is committed to completing the project.

Meanwhile Mr. Collins Dauda, together with Kwaku Agyeman Mensah, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, Andrew Clocans and Nouvi Tetteh, are facing multiple counts of causing financial loss to the state.

Until this project is completed and opened to the many Ghanaians who are exploited by their landlords and pay high rent fees can only be hopeful that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

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