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One of the main problems that plague most people in big cities in Ghana is that of accommodation. The lack of accommodation affects the well-being of many Ghanaians especially those living in slums. It is therefore imperative that political leaders find ways of solving this problem by providing affordable housing to those in the lower income bracket in order to ensure a decent standard of living for the citizenry.
These were the thoughts of the Speaker of Ghana’s parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye, when he held bilateral talks with the Moroccan Minister for housing and urbanization, Mohamed Nabil Ben Abdallah in Rabat on Tuesday. This forms part of a visit to Morocco by the leadership of Ghana’s parliament.
Speaker Oquaye who is leading the delegation said Ghana must learn from the Moroccan experience to help solve and eradicate slums in the country’s big cities which are mainly as a result of rural urban migration.
Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, bemoaned the country’s housing deficit of 1.6 million as against a population of 27million and said issues with shelter, food and education are the determining factors for the selection of governments in the current political dispensation. He emphasized the need for governments and policy formulators to pay close attention to providing the citizenry with these in order to avoid social upheavals.
Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, agreed with the majority leader, and said these are issues that do not have political colors. He therefore pledged the support of the minority in parliament in helping find lasting solutions to the plight of those living in slums. He also emphasized the need for public sector housing facilitation to cater for the housing needs of the about 650,000 public sector workers in need of accommodation in Ghana.
Mr. Mohamed Nabil Ben Abdallah urged Ghanaian real estate owners to work closely with Morocco in order to tap into their expertise. He also called for closer collaboration between the policy makers and experts in the filed for easy implementation of an effective housing plan for Ghana.
At another meeting with the Minister of Tourism, saw discussions centered on improving Ghana’s tourism potentials. Mr Ben Abdallah underlined the importance for Ghana to pay attention to new trends in tourist demands by providing more seaside resorts and other thrill providing facilities rather than the traditional tourist facilities like sight seeing.
The speaker and his team are due back in Accra on Friday the 26th of May.
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