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UE: Rock Estates; government’s failed affordable housing project

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On the 29th of November 2019, it was all joy for the people of Talensi District of Upper East Region, especially, those from the Pusu-Namoo enclave. This is because the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo had cut sod for the commencement of 120 affordable housing units to ease the housing deficit in the region.

The excitement that greeted this project was short-lived as work on the said project has stalled with very little progress to show since ground was broken for work to begin.

Residents of the Pusu-Namoo Electoral say the last time they heard anything regarding the project was when the Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia gave an update on the project saying that, the project was 20 per cent complete. At the time the Vice President made those remarks, a pathway had been created and clearing of the site had begun. this was according to checks done by a1 radio.

The ‘Rock Estate’ as it had been referred to when completed would comprise 2, 3, and 4-bedroom detached and semi-detached apartments.

But when A1Radio’s Kennedy Zongbil visited the site of the project, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, there was no sign of the contractor, workers or construction equipment. At the site, only 2 out of the 120 projected housing units were partially completed.

The unoccupied, uncompleted apartments have been taken over by insects and all manner of critters.

 When the Assembly Member of the area, Roland Basahmah Naohyin was contacted he said, he did not have any information regarding the project adding that several appeals were made to the Assembly. The responses were that the project was above their jurisdiction.

Several attempts to reach the MP for Binduri who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Housing, Abdulai Abanga have proved futile.


President Akufo-Addo on Friday, November 2019, the same day he cut sod for the construction of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam, break grounds for the construction of a 120 housing unit made up of houses and apartments in the Pusu-namongo community christened, Rock Estates.

On Tuesday, August 18th, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia during a town hall meeting to launch the government performance tracker, indicated that works are ongoing at the affordable housing site in the Upper East Region and 20 per cent of the project has been completed.

Read more here: https://www.a1radioonline.com/29035/construction-of-affordable-housing-project-in-upper-east-region-hangs-in-the-balance/index.html

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