Government is replacing the eight demolished judge’s bungalows at ridge with 21 housing units at a prime location in the cantonments, Accra.
BestNewsGH.com can confirm that government has entered into a land-swap deal with a private real estate developer for the construction of the 21 housing units.
This come on the heels of the demolition of bungalows belonging to judges of the superior courts of judicature to pave way for the construction of the National Cathedral.
Technical Director at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr.James Dadson made the disclosure on the sidelines of a news conference in Accra during which the sector Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Kyeremeh catalogued measures put in place by government to manage and protect state acquired lands.
According to Mr. Dadson, government was undertaking re-development of the state acquired lands in prime areas in Accra and those lands were re-negotiated and sold to private estate developers.
He opined that “Some of those lands were put on the market and sold out and the revenues generated were used to build more houses for the government.’’
He further explained that “So if you look at all these years, Roman Ridge, behind Ridge Church and other prime areas in Accra, you could see that there are bungalows there, one bungalow is knocked down and about eight or more are built on the same piece of land.’’
He said the redevelopment of those lands started on plots of lands between Togo and American Embassies, where about seven bungalows were demolished and 68 housing units were built on the same place.
“It’s a way of solving the housing problem of the country using the revenues generated from the sale of these properties. The houses sold may be commercial in nature, earning dollars, but at the same time, it increased government housing stock,” Mr Dadson added.