Editorial: Completion Of Abandoned Projects Is A Step In The Right Direction

The Ministry of Works and Housing has reaffirmed government’s dedication to finishing numerous abandoned affordable housing projects scattered throughout the country.According to the sector minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the government is collaborating with private developers to finalise these projects.

Following an inspection of a housing project in Adenta, Accra, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah stressed in a media interview that the government will ensure the resources invested in constructing these affordable housing projects are not wasted.

“I’m sure you have followed the point we have made not to leave projects abandoned. And so, we are going through an exercise that seeks to ensure that many of these projects that are described as abandoned projects, we can resume work and finish them.

“We have made progress on the Saglemi Housing project, I also mentioned that we will be going to Koforidua, where the state housing company once again is picking up on one of those projects, former President J.A. Kufuor’s affordable housing project around Akwadum, they have made progress, and they will be resuming work shortly.”

The Ministry of Works and Housing, under the leadership of Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has taken a commendable stance on completing abandoned affordable housing projects across Ghana. This commitment, as articulated by the Minister, underscores a proactive approach towards addressing longstanding infrastructural challenges that have plagued the housing sector.

The Minister’s assertion that the government will not allow resources invested in these projects to go to waste is both timely and reassuring. The issue of abandoned projects has been a persistent concern in the country, reflecting inefficiencies in project management, changing political priorities, and sometimes, financial mismanagement.

Many communities have been left with half-finished structures which not only diminish the aesthetic appeal but also underscore a failure to fulfill promises made to the citizens.The Minister’s pledge to collaborate with private developers to revive and complete these projects is a pragmatic approach.

It acknowledges the need for leveraging private sector expertise and resources to complement governmental efforts effectively. This partnership model not only accelerates project timelines but also injects much-needed capital and efficiency into the construction process.

The example set by the Minister should serve as a blueprint for other ministries and government agencies. All too often, successive administrations have inherited projects only to allow them to languish further, perpetuating a cycle of neglect and wasted taxpayer funds.

The Minister’s proactive stance signals a departure from this trend, emphasizing accountability, continuity, and responsible stewardship of public resources.

The Minister’s emphasis on ensuring that these projects are not left abandoned sets a precedent for future administrations to follow suit, demonstrating that unfinished projects will no longer be tolerated as political casualties but rather addressed comprehensively for the benefit of citizens.

The Chronicle urges the Minister to maintain momentum and uphold his commitment to completing these projects without compromise.


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