By Kwame Asare Boadu
President John Dramani Mahama last Tuesday toured the Saglemi Affordable Housing Estate project and expressed satisfaction over the housing projects being undertaken across the country under the government.
“Ghana is progressing,” he said, after inspecting the first phase of the affordable housing project at Saglemi, near Prampram, which is nearing completion.
“Seeing is believing. I am saying this because there are some people who see but refuse to see,” the President added.
The tour was part of activities marking the first day of his four-day “Accounting to the People” tour of the Greater Accra Region.
President Mahama said some people had described the buildings as photoshop and added, “After this visit, I don’t know what else… maybe we photoshopped the buildings behind me as I stand here.”
He expressed regret that in spite of the progress being made, opponents of his administration were not ready to see anything good about the government.
President Mahama stated that what stood at Saglemi was a real project and threw a challenge to those who claimed the government was doing photoshop to go to the site to see things for themselves.
“If they like, I can organise an excursion for them to come and see what is happening here,” he said to cheers from the gathering which included chiefs, the people of Ningo Prampram and workers at the site.
The Saglemi project is being undertaken by Construtora OAS Ghana Limited, a Brazilian construction firm, in collaboration with the government of Ghana.
The first phase is made up of 1,500 housing units. The entire project would comprise 5,000 housing units.
It also has recreational centres, commercial facilities, roads and other infrastructural facilities.
Ghana has a housing deficit of 1.7 million and the government has been seekings avenues, including partnership with the private sector, to address the challenge.
President Mahama said the contractors were working to make the cost of the housing units affordable to many people.
“This is going to be a unique estate, a modern estate, ” he said, and encouraged the people of Ningo Prampram to acquire some.
President Mahama said other housing projects, including the Nyame Dua Estates at Kpone, were in line with the government’s quest to ensure affordable accommodation for the people.
He said the government was also working to complete the affordable housing project started by the Kufuor government.
Outside housing, the President said a new 2,000-acre free zones enclave was being developed near the Saglemi Housing Estate and expressed the hope that many companies would establish in the enclave to create jobs for the youth.
Earlier, the President had interacted with the fisherfolk, artisans and market women at Anyamam in the Ada West District, during which he enumerated the development projects the government had undertaken in the district.
They included the construction of a district assembly hall and adjoining offices at Sege, two Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds at Caesarkope and Afiadenyigba, school projects in a number of communities, among others.
The President also visited the Tema ICT Park.