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Tamale mayor cut sod for construction of 200 unit housing project at Lahagu


The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tamale, Hanan Gundadow Abdul-Rahman has cut sod for the construction of 200 unit affordable houses for residents in Tamale at Lahagu in the Tamale metropolis. At a dabber in Lahagu, Hon. Gundadow told the chiefs and people in the area that, the project will provide jobs for the residents and urged them to see the project as their.

The mayor further urged the people to ralley behind government to ensure that the project succeed for the benefits of all. He appealed to the residents to provide adequate security to the building materials to ensure speedy execution of the project.
The project is to provide decent accommodations for workers in public and private sector in Tamale. The three million Ghana cedis project is expected to complete in six months.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony in Lahagu, the Tamale Metropolitan Coordinating Director, Alhaji Shehu Abdul-Kadiri thanked the traditional authorities for releasing land for the project.
Shehu Abdul-Kadiri said the project will provide decent affordable housing for the low income within a serene environment is being extended to the Tamale metropolis at a time when there is an increasing desire amongst the populace for people to own their places abode.

The joint project is through the efforts of Tamale metropolitan Assembly, Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA), a pan-African intergovernmental organization and the Credit Union Association of Tamale.

Shehu Abdul-Kadiri said the project is in response to the government’s call on district assemblies to maximize available opportunities in addressing the acute housing deficit in the country .

The Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA), which is currently operating in 35 countries, says it is committed to assisting African governments to providing innovative and sustainable solutions to water, sanitation and hygiene challenges.
The resident Representative of Water and Sanitation for Africa Miss Destina Samani said WSA will consult government for priority projects and supports it mobilize appropriate financial and technical resources to execute them.
The social housing scheme targets the active productive poor in society with the aim of assisting them under flexible financing terms to acquire and own properties.

Ms Dastina said the project has a first installment of 200 bed-room incremental housing units and subsequently, additional 1,000 per year for the next 4 years.
A total of 3 million Ghana cedis is to invest into the first 200 houses to be constructed within six-months. Beneficiaries of the houses are required to make an upfront interest-free payment of 20% of the cost as commitment.
Ms Dastina Samani said the rest of will be spread over 5 years at an interest rate 18%. In the design of houses, government is subsidizing the project with the provision of land, access roads and utilities to site in other to keep the cost within the reach of persons in the lower income bracket. She commended the Tamale metropolitan assembly and the Tamale Community Co-operative Credit Union (TCCCU) for acquiring and preparing the land.

As the first project of WSA in Ghana, Ms Dastina Samani appealed for continuous support to ensure its success. She also made passionate appealed for co-operation from communities, Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and all stakeholders for smooth implementation of the project. The WSA resident representative called on the contractor to do a good job by ensuring quality work and complete it on time


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