Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea
By: Raphael Apetorgbor- Daily Express
The Minister Designate for Works and Housing, Lawyer Samuel Atta Akyea has assured Ghanaians that Nana Akufo-Addo’s led government is resolve to complete all state housing projects started by the out gone National Democratic Congress administration.
He also opined that the current administration will halt all new housing projects until the old buildings are completed.
“I laud the NDC government for tackling parts of Presidents Kufuor’s housing project…I will carry through with the constitutional requirements that projects started by previous governments are continued and completed by succeeding the government and I will even push further to suggest that we do not start new projects until these old ones are completed,” Lawyer Atta Akyea who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South said.
Lawyer Atta Akyea, who was answering questions from the Appointment Committee of Parliament on Tuesday, suggested that financial institutions in the country should provide flexible payment terms to enable more Ghanaians to acquire houses.
The Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, who identified the lack of resources and attention as the cause of the huge housing deficit in the country further said low-income levels and high cost of houses on sale were other challenges.
He reckoned that the housing deficit was not because there were no investors but that the major issue had to do with investors having returns on investments, as the average Ghanaian could not afford a decent house.
“Here, by reason of low-income levels and the expensive houses we have, addressing housing challenges will be difficult,” Mr Atta Akyea stated
Lawyer Atta AKyea lauded the previous administration for continuing the affordable housing project initiated by the Kufuor administration
He touched on reviving the defunct Public Works Department (PWD) by supporting it financially to rake in some money to sustain itself.
Mr Atta Akyea stressed the need to amend the Rent Act to give meaning to the government’s commitment to solve the housing needs of the people