Owning a home in a hustle-free manner is the dream of most workers in the Upper East Region.
When President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo on November 29th, 2019 cut the sod for the construction of 120 Rock Estate affordable housing units at Pusu-Namoo, it was greeted with gladness.
The affordable Rock Estate housing units when completed would comprise 2, 3, and 4-bedroom detached and semi-detached apartments.
Days ago, the MD for the State Housing Company posted this [the post below] on his official Facebook page.
Checks from the State Housing Company
According to the website of the State Housing Company, the 2 Bedroom Detached starts from GH₵ 360,000.00. The 2 Bedroom Semi-Detached starts from GH₵310,000. The 3 Bedroom Detached starts from Ghc480,000.00 while the 4 Bedroom Detached starts from GH₵ 851,000.00.
Owing to the post made by the MD of the SHC, A1 Radio conducted checks at the site, the bank affiliated with the project and the SHC to get the full details of the projects.
Our reporter, posing as an interested buyer, immediately reached out to the contact (Mabila,+233244271502) as indicated on the flyer.
After making a call to the number provided, Mabila indicated that she was to reach out to the reporter with the needed information.
Despite 2 different assurances, at the time of filing this report, she failed to provide the needed information to our reporter who posed as an interested buyer. Attempts to reach her have also proved futile.
Meanwhile, our reporter even before reaching out to Mabila had interacted with an official of the SHC, Ali Welpiah. During that interaction, it came to light that the project was to receive counterpart funding from the Republic Bank; the official partner of the project.
Checks from the Republic Bank
Checks from A1 Radio with the Bolgatanga branch of the Bank revealed though the bank is into a mortgaging arrangement with the SHC, they have not been briefed about the progress of work at the site.
A high-level source at the bank indicated that while the bank supports the SHC, it only aids prospective buyers with mortgages after the said houses are completed and put up for sale. This is in direct contradiction with the communication from the SHC.
Checks from the Site
On 26th August, 2022 A1 Radio visited the site of the project. Two semi-detached housing units had been roofed. They had however not been fitted with windows and doors.
There was also a 3 Bedroom detached housing unit. There were no water or electricity connections.
There were no workers available on the site. No equipment or work tools could be site either.
It is still not clear the motive of the flyer put out by the MD of the State Housing Company, Kwabena Ampofo Appiah. Could it be a marketing strategy adopted by the SHC or an approach to draw awareness to the project? While all these questions remain unanswered, one thing that is clear is, the proposed Rock Estate affordable housing units project at Pusu-Namoo still hangs in a balance with no certainty of completion.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gerard Awombadek Asagi|Ghana