100,000 More Houses For Teachers, Students

From left: Dr A llen Zimbler, SHS Chairman; Grete Faremo, UNOPS Executive Director and Amerley Ollenu Awua-Asamoa, Ghana’s Ambassador to Denmark at the signing of the new housing deal in Copenhagen on Monday

Ghana is expected to benefit from an additional 100,000 housing units under the affordable housing deal of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

The
additional housing units are meant for teachers and students, and would bring
to 200,000 the total number of housing units under the UNOPS project for Ghana.

Initially,
Ghana secured 100,000 housing units at a cost of $5 billion, with the project
expected to commence in June 2019.

DAILY GUIDE is reliably informed that university students in congested
areas or hostels are going to benefit from the project.

An agreement
on the initial 100,000 units was signed in September 2018
in New York, US, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, which was
attended by President Akufo-Addo.

The latest
agreement, which will significantly ease congestion on campuses in the country,
was signed in Copenhagen, Denmark, between UNOPS, SHS Holdings (SHS) and the
Government of Ghana, through its Ministry of Education.

DAILY GUIDE understands that SHS, through its student housing brand, Suite
Living, will provide student housing that uses energy-efficient solar rooftops.

All
buildings will be treated with a product to help prevent malaria through the
eradication of mosquitoes based on a World Health Organization (WHO) approved
non-toxic chemical.

UNOPS recently rolled out a $15 billion project to construct
affordable houses in some countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Ghana and Kenya are the beneficiary countries from Africa
while India will also benefit from the project in Asia.

Ghana, with its housing deficit projected to
increase to 2.2 million in a few years, was initially due to receive $5 billion,
but with the additional 100,000 units, the West African nation is expected to
get additional cash from UNOPS.

Work Underway

SHS has
already established a factory in Accra where it will apply cutting-edge
building technology to produce advanced building materials.

All
production and construction, this paper gathered, will be carried out by local
employees, thus creating several thousand new jobs.

The project
is already underway and following the selection of appropriate sites, the first
phase should be delivered within two years.

A unique aspect of the agreement is the inclusion of financial assistance for teachers, with mortgage support from the Ghana Education Trust Fund.

By Melvin Tarlue



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