The Ningo-Prampram District Assembly will from July this year start a Land and House Ownership Scheme

The Ningo-Prampram District Assembly (NiPDA) will,
from July this year, start a Land and House Ownership Scheme under the Planned
City Extension Project aimed at providing up to 500,000 affordable houses and
serviced plots across the district and adjoining districts.

The project, which is under the auspices of the
Ministry of Local Government, with support from the UN-Habitat, is estimated to
cost US4.8 billion and be completed within the next 20 years.

According to the District Chief Executive, Jonathan
Tei-Doku, the housing units to be provided, will range from apartments
buildings, to semi-detached and fully detached homes, which will be sold on
rent-to-own basis over the 20-year instalment period.

This, he said, is to make it convenient for lower to
middle income earning Ghanaians, particular those who hail from Ningo-Prampram
to easily own homes.

“As part of its objectives, the project has
positioned itself to help address the acute shortage of descent affordable
accommodation for the lower and middle income groups with adequate
infrastructure and services,” the project document available to Adom News said.

In addition to the houses to be built by the private
real estate developer partner of the Assembly, there would also be fully
serviced plots, which would also be sold on same terms, but buyers would be
required to build homes consistent with standards and specifications of the
project.

The project’s main objective is to have a fully
planned out City-District to prevent haphazard development and sprawling of slums
as in other parts of Accra.

Its key strategy is to unlock land values to finance
infrastructure and improve revenue collection by the Assembly through
betterment levies pursuant to Section 12 (3), Section 208 (1) & (2) and
Section 209 (1) and (2) of the Local Governance Act, 2016, (Act 936) with
Amendment (Act 940).

The project is expected to be done in phases after
the completion of the development and design of the Master Plan and all
engineering studies and designs, which includes integrated infrastructure
masterplan, comprising Roads and Drainage Masterplan, and similar plans for
power, water and telecommunications. 

Project Manager, Danny Ohene Aidoo told Adom News
the intention is to “make Ningo-Prampram and the north eastern part of Accra
the hub of West Africa trade, finance, aviation, tourism and urban agriculture,
by servicing the 126sqkm area with first class vital infrastructure such as
roads, drains, sewerage, fibre optics outlay, streetlights and more.”

He said this offers an unprecedented opportunity to
address rapid urbanization in Ghana, making efficient use of land while
protecting environmentally sensitive areas and agricultural lands.

According to him, as part of the project, the
Project Management Centre (PMC) has created land banks, where several land
owners (families and individuals) have pledged their lands for participation in
the project after several stakeholder meetings since 2014.

He said the Assembly has “no objection” and advice
from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Ministry of
Finance  respectively to proceed with its
Land and House Ownership Scheme (LAHOSE) for the purposes of achieving the objectives
of the project.

Litigation-free lands

The Project Manager assured prospective clients that
lands so acquired under the scheme, are all litigation-free and have been
carefully selected and duly negotiated based on the projects objectives, and
covered by agreements.

“So far we have over 20,000 acres of land spread
across the entire district and adjoining districts for this project and so we
are confident we can provide between 300,000 to 500,000 houses and fully
serviced plots, which would include two-bedroom and three-bedroom flats,
two-bedroom and three-bedroom fully detached and semi-detached houses,” he
said.

Private-led model

Danny Ohene Aidoo explains that the project will be
private-sector-led, and the reason is to eliminate political risks and yet
receive all the support from both the local and central government.

 The
developers are LAHOSE GH LTD and its partners, SRAM & MRAM, Top
Internationa Engineering Ltd and Daystar Communities.

  “The project engineering consortium,
comprising of top and seasoned Ghanaian engineers,

    architects
and planners led by Watertech Ltd have already begun strategic and technical

    meetings
as part of the preparatory activities,” the Project Manager said.

He is confident, that unlike previous similar
projects, which were state-led which had several challenges, the
private-sector-led model would guarantee success and would reduce the over two
million national housing deficit by a considerable percentage.

Affordability

In terms of cost per unit, Danny Ohene Aidoo said
one-bed room flat would go for GHC 750, two-bedroom in a flat would go for
about GHC1,080 a month for 20 years, while a three-bedroom in a flat goes for
GHC1,200 a month for same period, at the end of which the tenant becomes the
owner.

He also said the two bedroom fully detached houses
will go for GHC1,500 a month for 20 years, while three-bedroom fully detaches
homes go for GHC1,775 a month for same period.

“Serviced plots of land would also go for GHC14 a
day, which comes about GHC409 a month for 20 years and the buyer becomes the
owner. Other terms and conditions apply” he said.  

Local content and jobs

The project document noted that about 70 per cent of
the houses and other infrastructure are expected to be provided by local
industry players and that is expected to create at least 50,000 jobs in total.

Danny Ohene Aidoo said interested persons can apply
either via the project website, or on the project App on both Google Play Store
and Apple Store or pick forms at various designated points like CAL Bank, GCB
Bank, Republic Bank, Stanbic Bank and Ghana Post at a cost of Ghc 499.

“Applicants can also apply and payment made for
registration by dialing the Short Code *789*987# and follow prompts,” he said.

According to him, applicants have a maximum of two months to commence payment of their monthly rentals, while the project managers also have an obligation to deliver properties within a maximum of 48 months.

Source: Adomonline | Samuel Dowuona | Adom News