A report on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda (NUA) in the nation has been launched with a name on authorities to accentuate the implementation of affordable housing schemes to promote to low and middle-income earners.
The goal of the report is to evaluate the progress of implementation of the NUA by monitoring progress in key efficiency indicators; establish interventions and contributing in direction of reaching the commitments.
The launch which coincided with the commemoration of the 22 World Habitat Day yesterday, would additionally assist in figuring out the alternatives and constraints in direction of reaching the commitments; and advisable coverage actions to speed up progress.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Francis Asenso-Boakye in a speech learn on his behalf, stated the necessity to prioritise housing sought to deal with shortages for a big phase of individuals dwelling in cities and likewise be certain that cities had been deliberate and constructed in a extra sustainable and inclusive method.
“Indeed, housing is very important in any economy, as it provides core security to families, societies and communities. Housing is also a basic need of every one and by convention, every citizen has the right to adequate shelter,” he stated.
Mr Asenso-Boakye stated authorities had recognized housing as a crucial sector of the economic system, for lowering poverty and guaranteeing social stability, due to this fact the necessity to create a sturdy institutional framework to develop and implement Affordable Housing Programmes has change into very crucial.
“As a result, the ministry is in the process of setting up a Housing Authority. The bill which is currently with the Attorney General’s Department when passed will empower the Authority to regulate, plan, and implement housing programmes that meet the needs and financial aspirations of Ghanaians,” he stated
The Director-General, National Development Policy Planning Commission, (NDPC), Dr Kodjo Essiem Mensah-Abrampa stated the framework displays the significance of city planning, particularly throughout a time of excessive ranges of urbanisation and concrete sprawl.
He stated the report offered a complete perspective of the necessities for making certain the event of the city areas making an allowance for the results of local weather change.
“This report, which is the first to be prepared in Ghana since the endorsement of the Quito Declaration on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for all, provides an update on Ghana’s performance in implementing the NUA,” he stated.
Dr Mensah-Abrampa stated the nation’s housing coverage was developed with the guiding ideas of universality of rights to enough housing, sustainability and resilience, fairness, safety, inclusivity, scale and variety in addition to financial empowerment amongst others.
He stated the coverage sought to offer enough, respectable and affordable housing that’s accessible to fulfill the wants of all individuals dwelling in the nation.
This, he stated would result in inexperienced communities and guarantee enough and sustainable funding for the availability of adversarial mixture of housing in all communities.
The Ministries of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Works and Housing and National Development Planning Commission in a joint assertion stated they might proceed to formulate insurance policies and coordinate the implementation of programmes and initiatives.
In a speech learn on behalf of the UN-Habitat Director, Maimunah Mohd Sharif stated the tackling city poverty and inequality had change into a worldwide precedence.
BY AGNES OPOKU SARPONG