The Kuffour’s led NPP government HIPC funded affordable housing project situated in Sombo, a suburb of Wa in the Wa Municipality has been turned into arable land for farming after the project got stalled over two decades.
The project which started under the Kuffour’s administration was to breach the housing deficit that engulfed public sector workers in the region. Lack of accommodation which was the order of the day for some government employees to refuse postings to the region almost got a solution before the project got stalled.
Sod cutting that was done by the then Minister for Water Resources, Works and housing Hon. Hackman Owusu Agyemang in 2007 with funding from HIPC funds, saw a lot of building foundations laid and concretes caste as well as pillars being erected and progress of the project only started retarding after the Kuffour’s government was voted out and the NDC which took over, did nothing about it throughout their eight years tenure of office.
The project was to be made up of four flats, two store buildings, health facilities as well as market space and schools to be attended by government workers and the public. The entire project was to cost 250 billion old currency with the first phase taking about GHS4.5million (45billion old currency).
The Mills-Mahama government after taking over the affairs of the country restated vehemently that, the affordable housing projects dotted across four regional capitals of the country namely, Wa, Kumasi, Accra and Tamale were going to be completed. The source of funding was changed from HIPC funds to SSNIT yet nothing could be seen done at the Wa site.
Many were holding a firm believe that, the NPP government would have taken the project as one of their priorities in the region as it was started by them, unfortunately, these believes were shot down after the party upon assuming power till date could not even add a block to it, watching it to rot.
Meanwhile checks done at the site by www.myradiowaa.com revealed that, the land is being used for the cultivation of millet, maize, groundnut and yam, heaps of sand, stone, chippings, gravel sent to the site before the project got stalled have been carried away and irons rods been used on the pillars have been removed and cut off.
However, the Upper West Regional minister, Hon. Hafiz Bin Salih responding to questions about the fate of the project during his meet the press series stated that, government is taking steps to review the contract and get it awarded again. The question baffling the minds of many Ghanaians especially citizens of the Upper West Region is, when will the project gets a face lift now that elections are fast approaching?