The Ningo-Prampram District Assembly (NiPDA) will from July this year, start a Land and House Ownership Scheme under the Planned City Extension Project.
The project is aimed at providing up to 500,000 affordable houses and serviced plots across the district and adjoining districts.
The project, which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Local Government, with support from the UN-Habitat, is estimated to cost 4.8 billion and be completed within the next 20 years.
According to the District Chief Executive, Jonathan Tei-Doku, the housing units to be provided, will range from apartments buildings, to semi-detached and fully detached homes, which will be sold on rent-to-own basis over the 20-year instalment period.
This, he said, is to make it convenient for lower to middle income earning Ghanaians, particular those who hail from Ningo-Prampram to easily own homes.
“As part of its objectives, the project has positioned itself to help address the acute shortage of decent affordable accommodation for the lower and middle-income groups with adequate infrastructure and services,” the project document available to Adom News said.
In addition to the houses to be built by the private real estate developer partner of the Assembly, there would also be fully serviced plots, which would also be sold on same terms, but buyers would be required to build homes consistent with standards and specifications of the project.
The project’s main objective is to have a fully planned out City-District to prevent haphazard development and sprawling of slums as in other parts of Accra.
Its key strategy is to unlock land values to finance infrastructure and improve revenue collection by the Assembly through betterment levies pursuant to Section 12 (3), Section 208 (1) & (2) and Section 209 (1) and (2) of the Local Governance Act, 2016, (Act 936) with Amendment (Act 940).
The project is expected to be done in phases after the completion of the development and design of the Master Plan and all engineering studies and designs, which includes integrated infrastructure masterplan, comprising Roads and Drainage Masterplan, and similar plans for power, water and telecommunications.
Project Manager, Danny Ohene Aidoo told Adom News the intention is to “make Ningo-Prampram and the northeastern part of Accra the hub of West Africa trade, finance, aviation, tourism and urban agriculture, by servicing the 126sqkm area with first class vital infrastructure such as roads, drains, sewerage, fibre optics outlay, streetlights and more.”
He said this offers an unprecedented opportunity to address rapid urbanization in Ghana, making efficient use of land while protecting environmentally sensitive areas and agricultural lands.
According to him, as part of the project, the Project Management Centre (PMC) has created land banks, where several landowners (families and individuals) have pledged their lands for participation in the project after several stakeholder meetings since 2014.
He said the Assembly has “no objection” and advice from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Ministry of Finance respectively to proceed with its Land and House Ownership Scheme (LAHOSE) for the purposes of achieving the objectives of the project.
The Project Manager assured prospective clients that lands so acquired under the scheme, are all litigation-free and have been carefully selected and duly negotiated based on the project's objectives and covered by agreements.
“So far we have over 20,000 acres of land spread across the entire district and adjoining districts for this project and so we are confident we can provide between 300,000 to 500,000 houses and fully serviced plots, which would include two-bedroom and three-bedroom flats, two-bedroom and three-bedroom fully detached and semi-detached houses,” he said.
Danny Ohene Aidoo explains that the project will be private-sector-led, and the reason is to eliminate political risks and yet receive all the support from both the local and central government.
The developers are LAHOSE GH LTD and its partners, SRAM & MRAM, Top International Engineering Ltd and Daystar Communities.
“The project engineering consortium, comprising of top and seasoned Ghanaian engineers, architects and planners led by Watertech Ltd have already begun strategic and technical meetings as part of the preparatory activities,” the Project Manager said.
He is confident, that unlike previous similar projects, which were state-led which had several challenges, the private-sector-led model would guarantee success and would reduce the over two million national housing deficit by a considerable percentage.
In terms of cost per unit, Danny Ohene Aidoo said one-bedroom flat would go for GHC 750, two-bedroom in a flat would go for about GHC1,080 a month for 20 years, while a three-bedroom in a flat goes for GHC1,200 a month for the same period, at the end of which the tenant becomes the owner.
He also said the two bedroom fully detached houses will go for GHC1,500 a month for 20 years, while three-bedroom fully detaches homes go for GHC1,775 a month for the same period.
“Serviced plots of land would also go for GHC14 a day, which comes about GHC409 a month for 20 years and the buyer becomes the owner. Other terms and conditions apply” he said.
Local content and jobs
The project document noted that about 70 per cent of the houses and other infrastructure are expected to be provided by local industry players and that is expected to create at least 50,000 jobs in total.
Danny Ohene Aidoo said interested persons can apply either via the project website or on the project App on both Google Play Store and Apple Store or pick forms at various designated points like CAL Bank, GCB Bank, Republic Bank, Stanbic Bank and Ghana Post at a cost of Ghc 499.
“Applicants can also apply and payment made for registration by dialling the Short Code *789*987# and follow prompts,” he said.
According to him, applicants have a maximum of two months to commence payment of their monthly rentals, while the project managers also have an obligation to deliver properties within a maximum of 48 months.