Ghanaian leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 5 November 2020, opened 312 completed units of the Asokore-Mampong Affordable Housing Project.
Re-named Osei Tutu II Housing Estates, the project is part of six housing others started by the Kufuor administration in 2005.
The others are situated at Borteyman, Kpone, Koforidua, Tamale, and Wa.
It will be recalled that the Affordable Housing Project was started with the objective of providing accommodation for low- to middle-income workers, and also to build the capacity of local contractors.
However, upon the assumption of office of the Mills/Mahama administration in 2009, the project stalled.
In 2017, the new Board of Trustees of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), under the Chairmanship of Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor, took steps to fast-track the completion of the then-abandoned project, in line with the president’s commitment to providing affordable housing for Ghanaians.
The Board, subsequently approved a total amount of GHS256,972,988.04 for SSNIT to complete the project within two years.
The Asokore Mampong project is made up of 1,053 units (91 blocks), comprising 26 shops, 336 one-bedroom units and 691 two-bedroom units.
All the blocks have been named with Adinkra symbols to reflect the culture and traditions of Asantes.
Describing the day as “a very good day for me”, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that “two important projects (Boankra Inland Port and the Asokore Mampong Affordable Housing Units) initiated by my boss, former President Kufuor, have been brought to completion for me.”
He lamented that after the exit of the NPP from office in 2009, the projects were abandoned by the Mahama government, however, “God being so good, he has made it possible for us to complete it.”
The President applauded the decision to name the Asokore-Mampong Housing Unit after Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, describing it as “an excellent decision”.