The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has given assurances the State Affordable Housing projects at Asokore Mampong in the Ashanti Region will be completed by the end of this year.
The disclosures were made by contractors at the site when the board and management of SSNIT took a working tour around the facility.
The project which started in the year 2006 was handed over to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) in the year 2015 after it stalled in the year 2009 for resource constrains and lack of funds from government.
The project which sits on a 50 acre land is to provide over a thousand two hundred single. Double and three bedroom housing units for sale to the public.
The project designs also consists of linking roads, paved walkways, community shops, a police station and green fields for recreation.
The working tour was to afford the board and management of SSNIT the opportunity to apprise themselves of the progress of work at the site and to appreciate the challenges that could hinder the progress of work.
The Board Chair of SSNIT Dr Addo Kuffour and the Director General of SSNIT Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang took a tour through some of the buildings classified into A, B and B2 labelled according to the number of rooms and their locations.
The team toured the Water Storage Distribution Network which is expected to provide uninterrupted water supply to the community.
Another significant infrastructure that the team inspected was the Central Sewage Treatment Plant fitted with a Biogas system to provide external electricity supply.
Sharing his impression after inspecting works, Dr Addo Kuffour expressed satisfaction at the quality of the work executed so far and demanded strict timelines from the contractors.
He indicated, “Speaking for myself and no doubt for the majority of the delegation from Accra; we are very impressed with the quality of work we have seen here.”
The contract consultant Kobina Banning gave a summary of the work in progress and what quality standards are being adopted to offer a good finishing for its clients.
He pointed out that per the work done so far, the project will be completed by the end of the year.
The director general of the TRUST, Dr John Ofori Tinkorang assured that SSNIT was committed to providing all the 63 million dollar funding required, to finish up the projects within schedule.
“I want to assure the contractors assembled here they have our full support to bring this all important project to a swift end so that the housing needs of the people in this area and the people of Ghana as a whole will be met in a small way. We know this is a very small piece of the puzzle in the nation’s housing challenge but a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” he noted.
The tour also afforded the labourers and contractors the opportunity to share their concerns about delays in receiving their contract sums after submitting their certificates for payment.
The deputy minister of Finance Abena Osei Asare pointed out that the Nana Akufo Addo Administration has constituted an inter ministerial and inter departmental discourse to ensure that more housing units are provided at affordable rates to bridge the yawning housing deficit in the country.
Mrs Osei Asare also outlined that a number of institutions and worker associations including teachers and the Ghana Medical Association have already been written to by way of advertisements to begin showing interest in the acquisition of the housing units.
The Asokore Mampong Affordable Housing Project formed part of the state housing scheme initiated by the erstwhile John Agyekum Kuffour administration to address the stark housing deficit in Ghana.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/ Ivan Heathcote – Fumador