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PRESIDENT LAUNCHES $100M MILITARY HOUSING PROJECT AT TESHIE

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Construction work has begun on a US$100 million housing project for the armed forces, as well as reconstruction of the Ghana Military Academy, following sod-cutting by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday at the Military Academy and Training School in Teshie, Accra.

Construction work has begun on a US$100 million housing project for the armed forces, as well as reconstruction of the Ghana Military Academy, following sod-cutting by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday at the Military Academy and Training School in Teshie, Accra.

The project, to be completed in three years, includes 176 two-bedroom flats, 160 two-bedroom half-compound houses, a military hostel with 240 self-contained rooms, and a platoon commanders’ block containing four two-bedroom flats.

The work will also include construction of a 640-seat capacity auditorium, a one-storey classroom block and an administration block with 48 offices and conference rooms for the Military Academy. A fence wall will also be erected around the entire complex at Teshie.

Decent accommodation

The President said it is highly inappropriate for personnel of the security services, including the Ghana Armed Forces, to be facing problems of inadequate housing.

“In this day and age, it is unacceptable that senior military officers are allocated residential accommodation or rooms originally reserved for junior officers, with the latter housed in worse conditions,” he said.

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He called for rapid action to remedy the situation.

“It is time we changed the status quo, provided military personnel with better, modern accommodation, and stationed them in their respective barracks.

“We need all our military personnel within reach of the High Command for rapid deployment in times of emergency,” he said.

Regeneration drive

President Akufo-Addo noted that since assuming office in 2017, his government has engaged in a number of projects through the Barracks Regeneration Project (BRP) policy.

This is aimed at addressing and tackling systematically the infrastructural needs and concerns of officers, men and women of the armed forces, and towards delivering on the New Patriotic Party’s manifesto pledges in respect of the forces.

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The policy, launched in 2017, began with the cutting of the sod for construction of 64 housing units. Sixteen of these units have been completed, with the remainder poised for completion and commissioning by the end of this year.

“In furtherance of this policy, the government has decided to construct 160 two-bedroom houses and 11 four-storey blocks of flats for the armed forces across the country,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“The objective of this project is to increase the housing units for personnel, and also transform the Ghana Military Academy into a truly world-class institution.”

Housing deficit

The President called for urgent solutions to tackle the over two million unit housing deficit facing the country.

According to the President, the deficit has climbed because of Ghana’s inability over the years to provide decent, affordable housing for her citizens.

“We have a housing crisis on our hands, which if left unresolved, could present serious socio-economic ramifications for our country,” he said.

In order to tackle the problem, the government is employing an appropriate mix of public policy and public-private investment to deliver quality and affordable social housing as well as private housing solutions which will meet the needs of the ordinary Ghanaian and suit their pocket, President Akufo-Addo said.

“The construction of 250,000 affordable housing units across the country has begun. In addition to the completion of other affordable housing projects started by previous governments, a national housing and mortgage fund is also in the offing and will leverage private capital investment in the housing industry,” he announced.

He was hopeful that these measures will help address the country’s housing deficit effectively.

Work diligently

The military housing project is being undertaken in collaboration with two Chinese companies, Poly Changda Overseas Engineering Company Ltd and Poly Technologies of the People’s Republic of China, which have provided the $100m loan facility.

President Akufo-Addo urged the contractors in charge of the project to work diligently to ensure that it is completed on schedule. The aim is to enable the military to have access to the housing and rehabilitated school within the stipulated construction period of 36 months.


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