The Architectural and Engineering services Limited of Ghana (AESL), has suggested to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to endeavor to create what it describes as Land Banks to make government’s efforts at providing Ghanaian workers with affordable housing more achievable.
This is because the issues of land acquisition for government projects in recent times have been challenged by the lack of interest by owners to give out lands without compensation and in some cases improper documentation. Some chiefs, civil society organizations as well as the Savannah Accelerated development authority (SADA) have made similar suggestions for the creation of land banks for future uses.
The Managing Director of the AES Limited, Surveyor Louis Satchmo Attia Atongo, who made the suggestion said the company is ready to support the various assemblies to achieve such initiatives. Speaking at the end of year management meeting held in Bolgatanga in the Upper East, he said; “Government recognizing the need to provide affordable housing for workers in Ghana has in the recent past made budgetary intervention to cater for it. We would advise the regional coordinating council to collaborate with the various district assemblies to acquire land banks for the purpose. The AES Limited with its abundant expertise can then develop layouts schemes and various house type designs for construction.”
Touching on the bottle necks of the company, Mr. Atongo said, the reluctance of government agencies and organisations to pay or settle fees raised from services rendered has been the main challenge. “This is the root cause of the financial problems of the company. Hon. Minister, we need the money to improve services to our clients. We would like to plead with you to prevail on your district chief executives to honour their indebtedness to the company, to enable us continue to provide them expert professional service to improve the districts, regions and country as a whole,” he emphasized.
He lamented the deplorable state of buildings is underlined by the poor quality of skills in most rural artisans. He said is outfit has had considerable problems working with inexperienced contractors’ staff as excess time input is required in explaining basic items and drawing details to them.
The Managing director declared that the company would work to tackle the challenge by continually organizing workshops and seminars for district assemblies and contractors on contract administration and skills improvement of their workforce respectively.
The end of year management meeting which is chaired by Rector of the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, Dr. Atinga Mba is attended by all management team members from all ten regions of Ghana.
The Upper East Regional Minister and former Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Albert Abongo whiles eulogizing the company for the big role plays in the country said, his service at the ministry afforded him the opportunity to have a better understanding of their plight.
He also praised them for their support to the John Mahama-led administration in the design of the ongoing E-blocks constructions under the Community Day Senior High Schools of which the AES Limited is supervising four in the Upper East region.
Source: ToNewsGhana.com/William Nlanjerbor JALULAH