The State Housing Company (SHC) under the Ministry of Works and Housing, has collaborated with the Ghana Medical Association to construct 200 homes in the Greater Accra Region exclusively for medical doctors.
This initiative is part of the Government’s National Affordable Housing Program and aims to address the housing needs of healthcare professionals, providing them with comfortable and convenient living arrangements.
The collaboration seeks to attract and retain talented doctors, ultimately improving the quality of healthcare in Ghana.
The State Housing Company (SHC) led by Managing Director Kwabena Ampofo Appiah, engaged with the Ghana Medical Association, represented by President Dr Frank Seribour, to sign the contract for the commencement of the projects for the doctors.
Earlier this year, President Nana Akuffo Addo and Minister of Works and Housing Francis Asenso-Boakye launched the National Affordable Housing Program dubbed ‘My Home, My Peace,’ which adopts a pragmatic approach to tackle the affordability gap and improve access to housing for Ghanaians.
During the sod-cutting ceremony for the Pokuase Housing Project in the Greater Accra Region on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, President Akufo-Addo stated that his government’s resolve to provide all Ghanaians with affordable housing remains unwavering.
According to statistics cited by President Akufo-Addo, only 5% of Ghanaians are able to purchase a home without assistance, 60% require assistance from the state, and the remaining 35% cannot afford a home even with government subsidies.
He said his administration has planned an economical system pointed toward improving housing delivery in the country. In this changed form, the government will finance the housing units with land and infrastructure which is to retain a basic part of the development cost. The private sector will supplement these efforts by raising assets to construct the apartments on cost-recovery basis.
The underlying project under this reexamined program involves the building of 8,000 housing units on over 200 acres of land in Pokuase in the more prominent Accra district and 6,000 housing units on 200-acres of land in Dedesua in the Ashanti region.
According to the government, they are focused on providing affordable homes for ordinary Ghanaians. The pursuit of affordable housing in the country has encountered significant setbacks, pointing to the 5,000 housing units project in six different towns during President Kufuor’s tenure, as well as the Saglemi Affordable Housing Project, initiated by Presidents Mills and Mahama.
credit: State Housing Company