The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), is collaborating with the Department of Rural Housing to provide decent affordable houses for workers and middle class people at the savannah ecological zone.
In this regard, management of SADA has presented five hydra-form block machines to the five regional departments of the Departemt of Rural Housing in the SADA zone to help construct houses using local materials.
The five hydra-form machines worth GH¢400,000 formed part of SADA’s efforts at addressing housing challenges of workers in the savannah zone.
Dr. Yakubu Abdul-Mumin Yakubu, Director of Research at SADA, speaking at the handing over ceremony of the machines yesterday said, the move was meant to assist the Department of Rural Housing perform its mandatory function of providing affordable shelter as a basic right to the citizenry particularly workers.
He said the collaboration was aimed at alleviating the hitches workers go through in their attempt to acquire decent houses for themselves.
Dr. Yakubu further explained that the collaboration would not only reduce poverty in the area through the provision of employable skills to the youth, but would equally provide the people of the zone with quality and affordable houses.
He hinted that SADA was initiating moves and liaising with various organisations and institutions to bridge the gap between the north and south.
The Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji A. B. A. Fuseini, lauded SADA for the initiative and said the programme when successfully executed, would fulfill SADA’s sustainable housing strategy.
He said supporting the Department of Rural Housing which had the technical know-how in the building of houses, would ensure quality work on the houses.
Alhaji Fuseini said the initiative would reduce high unemployment in the SADA zone.
He, therefore, encouraged the youth of the area to make themselves available for the programme.
Alhaji Fuseini advised the SADA board and management not to be disturbed about the bad publicity, but remain focused and come out with more innovative plans and programmes that would help address the challenges confronting the people of the savannah ecological zone.
The Director of the Department of Rural Housing, Mrs. Deborah A. A. Kuwornu, on her part said the programme would assist in addressing the huge housing deficit in the country.
She said the facility would provide housing for the citizens and make the department to unearth its opportunities and strengths.
Mrs. Kuwornu said ‘the department is excited and committed to deliver on its core functions and the new machines would not only aid the provision of housing and create jobs for the people, but also boost local economies.”
From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed,Tamale.