Mad Rush! The Number of People that Wants to Buy Mahama’s Affordable Houses Is Mind-Boggling

Over 700 applicants have reportedly demanded a place in Mahama’s Affordable Housing Units commissioned barely two weeks ago. The mad rush is just a glaring evidence of how much Ghana is in need of homes and housing!

The Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, has revealed that hundreds of prospective home owners have requested to purchase housing units from 1500 housing units, which is the first phase of proposed 5,000 housing units by President Mahama at Seglemi in the Greater Accra Region. This rush is coming even when price tags have not been determined for the houses.

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Speaking in an interview with Citi News, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Abraham Otabil, said government is committed to ensuring that processes that lead to the purchase of the houses are put in place soon. He also indicated that a committee has been set up to determine among other important things, the pricing for the newly inaugurated affordable houses.

“Demand for housing units is on the increase. It’s gone so far and the Ministry on a daily basis receives a number of requests from many prospective buyers. To say the least on a weekly basis, about 700 people express interest in occupying these facilities. And I can tell you that on a daily basis, not less than 50 people visit the Ministry in search of these affordable housing projects. So it clearly indicates that there is a high demand for the affordable housing project. As we speak, a committee is in place and they will come out with agreed prices on the pricing level and as soon as this is done, it will be made known to the public.”

President John Mahama on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, inaugurated 1,500 housing units at Ningo. The project, often referred to as ‘Mahama’s Affordable Housing Units’, is meant to alleviate the burdens of high cost of rent for low and middle income earners in the country. President Mahama cut sod for the project in 2013, pointing out that the construction was aimed at halving Ghana’s 1.7 million housing deficit by 2016.

There have been fears that the houses may be sold out to government officials, considering the fact that they have higher purchasing power than most of the middle income earners who are the real target of the project.

We just hope that there will be fair play in giving out the houses whenever it commences so as to meet the basic need for which the project was initiated.