Minister Warns Affordable Housing Squatters

Dr. Kwaku Agyeman Mensah, presenting keys to the project to Ernest Thompson, Director General of SSNIIT

Hundreds of squatters living in the abandoned Affordable Housing units at Asokore Mampong in Kumasi have been given a month’s ultimatum to vacate the place or face ejection by the police.

Dr. Kwaku Agyeman Mensah, Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, who gave the warning, stated that plans are far advanced to complete the project.

He noted that the presence of the squatters, who pose serious security threat, would also make it impossible for the contractor to move to site and complete the housing project to addressing the housing deficit in the country.

‘I am giving the squatters one month to leave the houses so that the consultant and contractors can move to site with their men to complete the houses. If you refuse to leave, then the police would be called to eject you.’

Dr. Agyeman Mensah gave the strong warning during government’s official handing over ceremony of the Asokore Mampong Affordable Housing project to SSNIT on Thursday.

The Minister commended the previous Kufuor administration for initiating the affordable housing project at Asokore Mampong in January 2006 to help provide decent accommodation for the people.

He also lauded President Mahama for taking the bold step to ensure the completion of the housing project, which has been neglected over the years.

Dr. Agyeman Mensah urged the contractor to do a professional work and also complete it on time, stating that government would not hesitate to sack the contractor if he carries out shoddy work.

Ernest Banning, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Modula Grup, contractors of the project, said the project includes 98 four-storey blocks, which boasts of 1,125 flats, including 736 two-bedroom and 389 one-bed room accommodation.

The facility also includes a police station, car parks, 52 stores, accessible water and light, among others.

He appealed to the regional police command, the army and all relevant bodies to ensure that the squatters are ejected to ensure the completion of the project on time.

The event was attended by high-profile personalities including Nana Atta Poku Agyeman, Director of Urban Roads, Kumasi and Asokore Mamponghene, Nana Boakye Ansah Debrah, among others.

Ernest Thompson, Director-General of SSNIT, disclosed that the project would be completed by the end of next year, stating that SSNIT, which has an enviable record in building projects, would undertake decently work at the place.

Alhaji Nurudeen Hamidan, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Asokre Mampong, thanked government for handing over the project to SSNIT to ensure its completion, noting that the project would help transform the lives of the masses.

Nana Boakye Ansah Debrah, the Asokore Mamponghene, commended government for the bold decision to complete the project, urging the contractors to undertake professional work at the place.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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