Borteiman affordable houses near ready

The ongoing Affordable Housing Project (2)The Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, on Wednesday toured affordable housing project sites at Kpong and Borteiman, near Tema, to assess the progress of work.

The projects were initiated during the regime of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) under former President John Agyekum Kufour.

At the Borteiman project site, 10 blocks have been completed and are being occupied by the Ghana Armed Forces and the State Housing Corporation, while the remaining 94 are expected to be completed in March 2016.

However, none of the 1,350 units at the Kpong site has been completed, but the supervisors, the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) assured the minister that some of the blocks would be ready for occupation by September, this year.

A Director at the ministry, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, who led the minister to inspect the projects, complained about encroachments, especially at Borteiman, which he said was affecting the work.

Dr Agyeman-Mensah, addressing the media said that some private companies had expressed interest to work on the projects and that the ministry had asked them to submit their proposals for study.

He said the government would welcome proposals from private companies to enable them to complete the projects on time, adding that the fact that the government would partner the private sector did not mean that the projects would not be affordable.

Dr Agyeman-Mensah said the ministry would be engaging contractors working on the projects to implement a working plan to complete the first phase on scheduled and expressed his satisfaction on the progress of work done so far.

“I am very much impressed about the architectural works and the construction of the GH¢ 8 million centralized sewerage treatment plant to produce biogas to supply residents with electricity and liquefied petroleum gas,” he said.

“I must say that the ministry would liaise with security agencies to ensure that the land is secured from encroachers,” he said.

Mr Enest Banning, the project consultant, assured the minister that the projects would be completed on schedule, adding that all the buildings had been roofed.

  By Bernard Benghan

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