Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said that the National Service Scheme (NSS) venturing into the building sector will be a game changer in securing low cost housing for the nation.
He explained that with the abundance of expertise at his disposal, the move stands a chance of having a big impact on building low-cost housing – especially for teachers across the country.
Dr Adutwum said this during his visit to the NSS headquarters in Accra, and also took the opportunity to visit outside a newly constructed additional office complex for the national program secretariat.
The state-of-the-art office annex was built by selected NSS staff who are part of the technical staff who have the technical know-how of the construction industry ready to assist the program in the national low-cost housing project. cost.
Dr Adutwum assured the NSS of the government’s readiness to support them with the necessary resources as well as create an enabling environment for them to operate in the country. He also announced his intention to bring together the various stakeholders to contribute effectively and ensure that this project becomes a reality.
NSS Executive Director Osei Assibey Antwi said, “We have a team that can build these houses at an affordable cost. When it comes to construction, I know that one of the most expensive aspects is labor.
Already, we pay for it through national service. We have a backlog of about 1,000 unused construction service people who can take on any job you give us.
He was optimistic that his team has all the necessary know-how and management capabilities to complement the government’s efforts to provide low-cost housing to Ghanaians.
Again, he said, the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) spends a lot of money on classroom buildings, but some of them are not in good condition. “We are ready to undertake this work when we have the opportunity.”
He assured that the program is ready to work with various actors in the country to ease the burden of Ghanaians in acquiring or building their own homes at an affordable cost.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in January this year announced the government’s plan to build 10,000 affordable housing units for teachers over the next two years.
This, it is thought, could help ease the burden on teachers trying to build their own homes during their working lives or in retirement.
The involvement of the NSS and other stakeholders in the construction industry will go a long way to reducing the stress that many people have experienced when trying to acquire their own home, due to the high cost of construction and the other factors.
Already, the government has initiated various processes to ensure that the NSS will have the legal right and mandate to undertake the construction project without facing legal wrangling from any source in the country.
The NSS, in its attempt to succeed, acquired a two-acre piece of land at Hwereso in Ejisu Municipality of the Ashanti Region to begin construction of its model structures.
The model structures are composed of two, three, four and five bedroom facilities to be selected by the different teachers according to their choice and agreement on the payment plan before being built.