The Minister of Works and Technical Maintenance, John Saad, has recently told Journalists at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information that some Civil Servants have not only converted government quarters to theirs, but also constructed buildings on government lands.
He observed that most of the quarters are in bad shape as a result of poor maintenance, adding that his Ministry has set up a task force to take inventory of all government quarters with the view of designing a policy frame work for cabinet approval. He said that the Housing Corporation constitutes an out fit of government that is charged with the responsibility of improving on housing so that everyone could have access to a house.
“Some people have converted government quarters, leased and built on the lands” he noted.
“Some of them have even hold on to these quarters even when they have traveled out of the country for reasons known to them” he added.
According to the Minister, after the policy planning and cabinet approval they would take appropriate action against those responsible. On the issue of the low cost housing scheme, he said the plan is to initiate mortgage system so that Civil Servants would be encouraged to apply. He also confirmed that the Godrich Housing Project is not meant for the poor; but that plans are underway to embark on low cost housing scheme throughout the Country in order to make housing accessible to low income earners.
He stated that the Ministry is confronted with huge a capacity problem which retards the operations of the Ministry; adding that a lot of technicians are down the cadres with inadequate professionals like: Architects, Engineers and Quantity Surveyors. With reference to the road network, the Minister noted that by next year they would start serious work on major and feeder roads linking the mining and farming communities in the Country. As he put it ‘there can be no food security and economic growth without a good road network.’
By Solomon Rogers