For the officers, men and women of the Ghana Police Service, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic, officially launched the Kwabenya Police Barracks Project on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.
Speaking to the crowd at the ceremony, President Akufo-Addo said that since taking office in 2017, the government has started a number of programs targeted at alleviating Ghana’s housing shortage, which presently numbers over two million units.
The President claimed that despite these steps, the increased urbanization nevertheless places a tremendous strain on our land resources and has resulted in the destruction of prime lands, particularly in metropolitan areas.
“That is why Government, through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Lands Commission, has embarked on an ambitious urban renewal programme, aimed at redeveloping prime areas in major cities across the country, including the Kumasi Sector 18, Marine Drive Tourism Development Project and the Takoradi Beach Road Redevelopment Scheme, amongst others” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued, “This facility, which I am commissioning today, is the outcome of one such urban renewal programme, the Aviation City Redevelopment Project at the Airport enclave. It is to pave way for this redevelopment that these state-of-the-art facilities have been constructed, through a public-private partnership with Unique Development Company, for our hardworking men and women of the Ghana Police Service.”
Five hundred and fourteen (514) one- and two-bedroom self-contained flats make up the facility, of which three hundred and twenty-two (322) are finished and ready for occupancy. These units, which come equipped with contemporary amenities, will provide police officers and their families with cozy living quarters and a favorable working atmosphere.
In addition to the housing, this project offers a clinic, a football field made of artificial turf, a tennis court, a standby generator, a police station, a fueling station, a workshop enclave, and other necessary amenities.
This, the President said, “is further testimony of our unwavering commitment to provide decent accommodation and other facilities for our security personnel. Not only will this facility improve the welfare of our police officers, it will also enhance their capacity to serve our nation even more effectively.”
Hence, he asked the Lands Commission and Unique Development Company, as well as the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, to go to work and finish the final 102 housing units and other facilities that make up the project’s second phase.
“I have been briefed that work is also far advanced on the construction of fifteen-bedroom self-contained flats for the Ghana Meteorological Agency, the Ghana Airport Company Limited, and the Greater Accra Regional Office of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). The completion of these projects is crucial to the implementation of the Aviation City Project,” President Akufo-Addo said.
The President commended the developer, Unique Development Company Limited, for partnering with Government to put up these facilities for the Police Service.
“This, obviously, is a great step towards the redevelopment of the Aviation City enclave, which will give a positive facelift to our capital city. Let me assure you of my full commitment to the realisation of this Project towards the Ghana we aspire for. I am confident that, with God’s guidance and your support, we will achieve our vision of a developed, progressive and prosperous Ghana”, he added.