Dr. Hassan Ayariga, leader and founder of the All People’s Congress (APC) has chided the Akufo-Addo government for abandoning the Saglemi housing project.
He said the reasons given by the government for discontinuing the project don’t make sense.
Speaking in an interview on Accra-based Citi FM, said he was disappointed the government had failed to make the project accessible to Ghanaians.
“This cannot happen in a country where millions of workers are struggling for accommodation, irrespective of the party they belong to. This is not a political party project. This is a government of Ghana project, and we cannot allow it to rot, no matter the circumstances surrounding it. It does not make sense for anybody to leave such a project abandoned for years,” he said.
However, the Minister of Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye said the project has stalled due to corruption and lack of proper planning by politicians.
Mr. Asenso believes the status quo of leaving politicians in charge of affordable housing projects has worsened the housing deficit.
But the sector minister believes that the current challenges could have been avoided if a National Housing Authority which his ministry is proposing as a solution to the many challenges facing affordable housing projects initiated by the state is in place.
“In doing all that we intend to do, we also believe that there is a huge institutional gap in housing deliberation in this country. I don’t believe in putting housing development in the hands of politicians because I believe that it’s a technical job. The reason why you don’t put housing projects in the hands of politicians is to ensure that we can ensure continuity in addressing housing problems. If you are not lucky and find an unscrupulous politician in office, the end result is what we have at Saglemi.”