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Works & Housing Ministry Gets Ghc91m

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Parliament has approved a total sum of 91, 481,045.00 for the implementation of programmes and activities of the Ministry of Works and Housing for the 2018 fiscal year.

The amount which represents 7.8% of the total indebtedness of the Ministry which is woefully inadequate to even settle the debts owed contractors.

The Ministry owes contractors about Ghc136, 663, 305.52

Presenting the Committee’s report to the house for the approval of the budget estimates for the Ministry, Chairman of the Works and Housing Committee, Nana Amoakoh appealed to the Ministry of Finance to come to the aid of the Works and Housing Ministry with additional resources to enable it settle the debts owed contractors across the country.

The sector Minister, Samuel Atta-Akyea called for better ways of supporting his outfit to roll-out its activities.

He proposed new means for funding infrastructure projects outside the Government of Ghana funding sources.

The Minister also expressed concern about Ghana’s poor approach to planning in the past which has resulted in the many floods and challenges in the past.

He hinted of a paradigm shift in tackling the engineering challenges of the country for a long-term benefit for the country irrespective of the cost implications.

Ghana, he said must look out for good to fix critical areas of the economy and help deal with the sewage works in Accra especially at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle into a world class facility.

Mr. Atta- Akyea appealed Parliament to be ready to support new housing finance legislation proposals that will emerge from his outfit for a credible mortgage system to provide decent housing facilities for Ghanaians through a renewed pension fund.

By: Christian Kpesese/ thePublisher

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