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Bolga Municipal considers converting Junior Staff Quarters into gated community to address housing deficit

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The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Bolgatanga Municipality has revealed plans to transform the Junior Staff Quarters neighbourhood into the region’s first gated community. The MCE emphasized that the current utilization of the land in the area is inefficient and wasteful, calling for investors to collaborate with the Municipal Assembly in developing the neighbourhood into a gated community with multi-story buildings that can accommodate a larger population. This initiative aims to alleviate the housing challenges faced by many workers in the municipality.

“We even think that the Junior Staff quarters have outlived their usefulness. And so, a housing company can pick that area and develop it into three-story buildings. The people who are living right there could be the first beneficiaries. You know, modern houses may be story buildings instead of the current structures. We are just wasting the land there.”

The proposed conversion of the Junior Staff quarters into a gated community not only aims to provide much-needed housing but also addresses security concerns. The MCE highlighted the incidents of theft and break-ins in the area, emphasising the need for improved security measures for the residents.

“Currently, people are suffering over there because when they go to work, thieves are just on holiday, breaking in and stealing,” lamented the MCE. “So those in the junior staff quarters and low-cost houses are just suffering. Almost every day, there are reported cases of theft from homes.”

While acknowledging the funding challenges associated with such a project, the MCE expressed hope that interested investors would seize the opportunity to contribute to the development of the region’s housing infrastructure.

“The issue of accommodation is a serious concern in the region, and I see this from where I sit every day,” concluded the MCE.

The planned conversion of the Junior Staff quarters into a gated community holds significant potential for solving the housing deficit and enhancing the living conditions of workers in the Bolgatanga Municipal. This redevelopment project could accommodate a significant number of workers and residents, effectively addressing the housing challenges prevalent in the municipality.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gerard Awombadek Asagi|Ghana

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