NORTHERN REGIONAL MINISTER AND THE MINISTER FOR WORKS AND HOUSING UNDERPINS COMMITMENT TO COMPLETING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS IN NORTHERN REGION

Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu and the Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Francis Asensu Boakye underpins commitment to ensuring, all projects ongoing under the affordable housing and drainage systems within the Northern Region are brought to completion.
They made the assurance during the Minister for Works and Housing visit to the Northern Regional Minister. The visit forms part of the Minister for Works and Housing 2-day monitoring tour on Monday, 14 and Tuesday, 15 February, 2022 in the region to galvanize support for the completion of the projects.
Hon. Shaibu on behalf of the Chiefs and the People of Northern region, expressed gratitude to the Minister for Works and Housing for his concern about the drainage systems in the region.
He expressed his worries about how the people of Tamale suffer from floods during raining season, and therefore, called on the sector Minister to intervene, as well as cautioned residents within the region to always clean their surroundings to help solve the perennial floods in the region.
The Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Boakye, assured the Regional Minister and residents of his commitment to fast-track the completion of the housing and the drainage systems in the region.
According to him, the Tamale Affordable housing project is one of five affordable housing projects that was initiated by the former President J. A. Kufuor in the Northern region, Kumasi, Great Accra, Koforidua, and Wa.
He underscored that, the government is subsidizing up to 20% of the whole construction cost to influence private sector participation in spearheading the construction of the projects.
In furtherance, he stated that, the government is working with banks to support individuals in the public sector who are on payroll to buy the houses and pay-over a period of time.
He revealed that, the initial land that was earmarked for the projects were over 260 hectors, but as a result of encroachment, the lands have reduced to less than 100.
He called on the traditional rulers and political leaders to help stop the encroachment of government lands so that the land will be used for the purpose for which it was acquired.
The Chief Director/RCD, Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku, while commending the Minister for Works and Housing for his visit, also lamented on the dilapidated nature of the state houses in the region.
He appealed to the Minister for Works and Housing to intervene in ensuring the existing houses are renovated, as well as fast-track the completion of the ongoing affordable housing project in the region.
The ministers with their entourage, led by Alhaji Issahaku visited; the 2022 unit apartment for Ghana Immigration Service, Tamale Affordable Housing projects, Low- cost housing project, and drainage projects. Amongst others, they visited the Kalariga, Vitim, Kobilimahagu and Gariba lodge.

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