In Relation To The Affordable Housing Project

Ghanaians from all walks of life continue to share their views on the affordable housing project between the Government of Ghana and STX Engineering of Korea whose construction is taking place in all 10 regions of the country.
This was what the people of Atomic Junction in Accra had to say about this project.

This project is very good because it is going to affect the ordinary Ghanaian directly. It would also be one of the most memorable legacies of the President Mills led administration. All Ghanaians must embrace this project because it would reduce the burden of lack of accommodation on many of our people. We need more of these projects such as state-run agriculture, manufacturing etc. Our people need jobs urgently. If you are gainfully employed, you would be able to attain whatever goals you set for yourself. I am very proud of the President for gradually putting this country back on track.”

We are very excited about this development because these buildings are going to replace the old ones. Also the problem most landlords give to tenants because they are living in their houses would also be no more. As for me, I hope the beneficiaries of these houses would find  good reasons to do everything within their means to vote for the NDC in the 2012 general elections. There is more benefit we stand to gain if we keep this government in power. This one is not like the “monkye ndi” attitude of the NPP where the houses would have been distributed among Kufuor and his cronies. I hope everyone can testify to the massive road construction that is currently taking place all over the country and very soon the traffic congestion and the chaos on the roads would soon be a thing of the past. President Mills has a lot of love and sympathy for the good people of this country so lets support him in order to ensure that his mission is accomplished.”

It is very well known that for a long time the majority of the Ghanaian people have not had a decent housing and for that matter have had to sleep “rough”. It was Kwesi Pratt who drew our attention to the fact that the holes under bridges are homes to some families and this is just pathetic. This has had to happen because over a long period of time the governments that have come and gone did not do much to solve the problem of lack of accommodation. Any time the houses were built they were so expensive that it was the rich in society who quickly rushed in and bought those houses. We need to start a very special programme which would aim at just providing shelter to the very poor in society who have made the lorry stations and the pavements of the roads their homes.”

I do not think this is something we should waste valuable time talking about because it was for these reasons we went to the polls and elected Mills and his people to run this country. Apart from food and clothing, it is obvious that a man would have to put a shelter over his head but because not all people in the society would be able to do so, it is always advisable that the government takes a key role in providing this basic human right of accommodation. If we believe Mills can do what he has just started then lets support him and give him the necessary encouragement because housing is very important part of the development of every human being.”                                                                                  

“Until you approached me today I have not heard about this. The number of houses to be built are many and this would certainly make our Military Officers happy because at last their dedication to the service of the nation has been recognized. I hope the government would also extend these buildings to other parts of the Northern Regions and not just that but also the development of agriculture in those regions. I wish to call on all Ghanaians to pray for this government and the good works it is rendering unto the people of this country.

I have nothing much about this project and let me say that it does not excite me in any way. There is no way the suffering Ghanaian is going to become the beneficiary of these houses. You tell me, do you think that plantain sellers across the street has gotten what it takes to buy one of those houses or you want to tell me you do not know that? We are being deceived every now and then and I believe very soon the people of this country are going to rise up and take the destiny of this country into their hands. We work very hard day and night and it is the elite and their good for nothing children who appropriate the fruits of our labour. Let them finish the buildings and see if you can even buy one if you have GHC 6000. The deception is enough and these men are making me very annoyed.

I hope politicians would have by now understood that we have been taking part in the electoral process of this country precisely because of our hope and believe that one day there would be an improvement in our standard of living. I am glad this housing project has finally started and would certainly bring some smiles unto the faces of a sections of the Ghanaian populace. However, it is obvious that a lot more need to be done and I am not saying that that should happen within a twinkle of an eye but we must see evidence and be made to believe that that would happen. Travel around the country and you would see the humiliating conditions under which some Ghanaians live. Where is our dignity? Our leaders must begin to give us hope!”

President Atta Mills has told us to believe in him and that he would never disappoint us. I am confident and I hope that by the time his eight years tenure of office is over, he would have made life very comfortable for all Ghanaians. I plead with him to keep an eye on his Ministers and ensure that they are not corrupted by the position they occupy. We want to go to the 2012 elections with a clean sheet. No one should go chasing after anyone’s wife and they should leave the university girls alone. Ministers must learn never to be arrogant because it is one thing the electorate hate much and that is why in spite of the huge amount of money NPP put in the last elections they still lost. Pay the workers their salaries on time and share with them in their moments of grief and pain. Go down to the people and sit on the floor if they have no chairs in their homes. Just listen to their stories and complains and give them hope and I bet that you would find favour with them".


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