Executive Director of a real estate development company, Gyasiwah Kingdom Plus (GKP) Limited, Nana Sam K. Gyasi, has suggested that affordable housing should be built in the rural parts Accra in order to decongest the central part of the city.
He said when good roads are constructed in the rural areas of Accra such as Obom, Domeabra, Amasaman among other places, the people in Accra central would move to the newly developed areas.
Nana Gyasi stated this during a sod-cutting ceremony on a 150-acre land that his company has acquired at Obom in Accra to build affordable houses worth 2 billion cedis.
He said the project, which aims at supplementing government effort at addressing the shortage in housing in the country, would begin a week after the sod-cutting.
Nana Gyasi noted that they also want to see Accra decongested hence their decision to procure lands in rural Ga areas for their projects.
According to him, what is unique about the Obom Housing Project is that it include schools, shopping malls, good roads, police stations, fire stations and recreational centres.
He therefore called on dispute-free land owners in the outskirts of Accra to partner them to put up more buildings in order to reduce the pressure on the few houses in Accra central.
He said what government can do to support is to extend electricity, roads, water and other facilities to newly developing areas to motivate private real estate developers to build more houses to supplement efforts by government in addressing housing deficits.
The Chief of Obom, Nii Amartey III, who cut the sod for the commencement of the project, said the area is now opening up and urged government to take advantage of the situation to construct the Kasoa-Obom-Amasaman road.
This, he said will encourage real estate developers such as GKP to invest in the area.
The Queenmother of Obom, Naa Amerley II, also stated that Obom has vast lands some of which are ready to release to the government to build a Senior High School (SHS) for them.