In order to gradually reduce the housing challenges the country is grappling with, government has commenced preparatory works to construct affordable house for citizens on a total of 403 acres of lands at Pokuase/Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region and Dedesua in the Ashanti Region.
According to the Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye the two will be piloted as affordable housing schemes for Ghanaians.
The Minister further stated that his ministry has commenced active engagements with the Finance Ministry and the Lands Commission towards securing government acquired lands for the National Affordable Housing programme.
The projects, part of the district housing programme, the Minister said, was to increase access to rental housing for public sector workers at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District level, create jobs and improve living conditions.
He said the pilot phase would be implemented in 16 districts across the 16 regions of the country.
Speaking on the Rent Act, 1963 (Act 220) and the Rent Control Law, 1986 (PNDCL 138), Mr Asenso-Boakye said Cabinet had given policy approval for their review.
The review would among other things, remove inherent constraints, stimulate private sector investment and offer protection to low-income and vulnerable tenants from abuse and arbitrary actions.
To that effect, he said a Draft Rent Bill had been prepared and active stakeholder engagements had commenced.