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GHANA NEEDS WELL CRAFTED HOUSING POLICY TO UNRAVEL THE HOUSING DEFICIT

The National Tenants Association of Ghana (NATAG) has express their disappointment with politicians for politicising matters concerning housing as Ghana’s housing deficit hit 1.6 million and expected to double by the next 10 years.

They are therefore calling for a crafted housing policy to unravel the housing deficit.

The Acting General Secretary Mr Fredrick Opoku says if the current trend of providing housing in the country continue the country would need 360,000 housing unit a year for ten years as a country in order to flatten our rocketing housing deficit which is expected to reach 3.6 million by the year 2022

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He blamed government failure to directly invest in the housing sector by providing subsidies to encourage building and home ownership but rather relying sorely on private entities to put more houses sought to worsen the housing deficit and make the Ghanian renter more poorer.

Mr Fredrick Opoku also found it very difficult to understand why Government is unwillinging to subsidize building materials to reduce the cost of building.

He noted that the price of cement has shot up to GHC 25 a bag from GHC 16.50, the highest price increase ever recorded in the history of Ghana.

The effect of this is that, greedy Landlords will take advantage of that to exploit the poor renter for their selfish gains.

Mr Fredrick Opoku call on all political parties in the country to as well direct their attention and also focus on proving affordable Housing to the poor with a housing policy in place when elected to power come 2013, rather than only raising voices and making strong promises to promoting free education to deceive and cheat the intelligence of the poor, and potraying that housing is no issue to them.

Story: Samuel Mantey

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May 24, 2012 - Posted by | SETTING THE NEWS AGENDA

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