- The country is currently faced with a 2 million housing units deficit
- The government thinks the best way to solve this problem is to put up more houses
- It has therefore decided to build 190,000 to 200,000 units of houses each year for the next 10 years
- However, this is a very bad idea
According to the minister for works and housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, the project intended by government, would help bridge the 2 million units housing deficit gap.
Addressing the media, Atta Akyea who confirmed that the housing deficit has reached 2 million units explained that there must a long term measure to solve the problem.
While the government's decision to to build 190,000 to 200,000 units of houses each year is, on the surface, a good idea, the truth is that it is not the best use of government funds. Here are five reasons why the decision is a bad idea.
1. It won't be affordable to the ordinary Ghanaian
Ordinary Ghanaian workers who earn between GHc500 and GHc2000 cannot afford these houses, should they be put up. The cost of living and petty expenses alone leave the ordinary Ghanaian with little or no amount to be able to afford such luxury.
2. The money involved would be too much
Considering the fact that it is a government-funded project, the prices involved would be too much instead of it being very affordable. On the other hand, contractors who would be given this contract would, as usual, do the country a great disservice by adjusting the cost of materials to suit them, which would in turn affect the price of the buildings.
3. Too many uncompleted projects
There are too many uncompleted projects that have been left hanging and yet to be completed by the government of the day.
4. Saglemi Housing Project
The Saglemi Housing Project, which the works and housing minister hinted would be terminated should not be. If the aim of the government of the day is to reduce the 2 million housing deficit, then they should consider giving the building out instead of leaving it to rot.
5. Change of government
Looking at the year this project would be launched, it is not really advisable to undertake it. Assuming there is a change in government, the government which would take over would not like to share credits with the government that initiated the project. This would lead to them abandoning the project, which would in turn be a waste of tax payers money.
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