May 22, 2024

The Sector Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has revealed that the Saglemi affordable housing project is currently not habitable due to the lack of electricity and water services extended to the site.

Hon. Kojo Oppong Krumah made this revelation when he was responding to a suggesting made at the floor of Parliament by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa on how best the country can put the Saglemi affordable housing project into use.

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, suggested to the minister that the Saglemi housing project should be given to victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage who currently do not have a place to rest their heads.

However, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah while addressing the House on last Thursday, March 14, 2024 stated that the current state of the Saglemi housing project cannot accommodate people because there is no water, light and many other things that human beings need to live.

According to him, as the government works to address the infrastructure gaps to victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage, it is crucial to prioritize the provision of essential utilities, including electricity and water, to enhance the quality of life, security, and well-being of the residents.

“One of the key considerations by the government in providing accommodation for people affected by the spillage is to ensure that they are provided with facilities that guarantee their access to water, electricity among others.”

“The Saglemi affordable housing project is currently not habitable, electricity and water have not yet been extended to the site,  in addition, the site lacks a basic series of things making it uninhabitable in its current state. Mr. Speaker, moving victims of the Akosombo dam spillage to the Saglemi affordable housing project is tantamount to resettlement as the government will have to move the people from their communities to a new location.” He stated.

He further disclosed that, the Saglemi housing project when completed will provide 5,000 housing units at a cost of about $200million of which 628 units have been completed despite the fact only $196 million have been paid to the $200million have been paid out.

“Saglemi was to provide 5,000 housing units at a value of about $200million, currently Mr. Speaker,  668 units have had the shared infrastructure completed despite the fact that $196million out of the $200million have been paid out. Hon. Nkrumah explained.