President Akufo-Addo Cuts Sod for Military Housing Project
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday cut the sod for work to begin on a US$100 million military housing project and the reconstruction of the Military Academy in Accra.


The housing scheme for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) forms part of the Barracks regeneration project.


The project, which is expected to be completed in thirty-six (36) months, will comprise of 176 two-bedroom flats; 160 two-bedroom half compound house; a military hostel with 240 self-contained rooms; and a platoon commanders’ block comprising 4 two-bedroom flats.


Additionally, the project will include the construction of a Military Academy auditorium with 640 seating capacity; one-storey classroom block for the Military Academy; an administration office block with 48 offices and conference rooms for the Ghana Military Academy; and the construction of a fence wall around the entire Ghana Military Academy at Teshie, scheduled to be completed in June 2020.


Addressing the senior officers and men and women of GAF at the sod cutting ceremony at the Military Academy and Training Schools, Teshie, President Akufo-Addo said he had been concerned about the lingering problem of inadequate housing that confronts the security services, including the Ghana Armed Forces.


“In this day and age, it is unacceptable that senior military officers are allocated residential accommodation or rooms originally reserved for junior officers, with the latter housed in worse conditions,” he said.


“It is time we changed the status quo, provided military personnel with better, modern accommodation, and stationed them in their respective barracks. We need all our military personnel within reach of the High Command for rapid deployment in times of emergency.”


In order to address and tackle head on the infrastructural needs and concerns of the officers, men and women of the Armed Forces, President Akufo-Addo said since his government assumed office in 2017, it had constructed a number of projects through the Barracks Regeneration Project (BRP) policy.


The Policy, launched in 2017, begun with the construction of a sixty-four (64) housing units for the Armed Forces, of which 16 of these housing units had been completed, and the rest expected to set to be completed and commissioned by the end of this year, (2019).


“In furtherance of this policy, the government has decided to construct one hundred and sixty (160) two (2) bedroom houses and eleven (11) four (4) storey block of flats for the Armed Forces across the country. The objective of this project is to increase the housing units for personnel, and also transform the Ghana Military Academy into a truly world-class institution,” he added.


The project is being undertaken with two Chinese companies, Poly Changda Overseas Engineering Company Limited and Poly Technologies of the People’s Republic of China, who have provided a US$100 million facility.


President Akufo-Addo urged the contractors in charge of the project to work diligently to ensure that it is completed on schedule, to enable the military to have access to the facilities within the stipulated construction period of 36 months.


“I assure the officers, men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces that the government will not relent in its efforts at transforming the Ghana Armed Forces into a formidable force, and will continue to help enhance the capacity and capabilities of the Armed Forces towards the development of our nation,” the President stressed.


To address the two million housing deficit that confronts Ghanaians, he said the government was implementing an appropriate mix of public policy and public-private investments, to deliver quality, affordable social housing and private housing solutions that meet the needs and financial capacity of the ordinary Ghanaian.


“The construction of two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) affordable housing units across the country has begun, in addition to the completion of other affordable housing projects started by previous governments,” President Akufo-Addo said.


Additionally, he revealed that a National Housing and Mortgage Fund is also in the offing, and would leverage private capital investment in the housing industry.


“Hopefully, these measures will help address effectively our country’s two million housing deficit,” the President indicated.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)