Hungarian firm partners gov’t for housing project

Solin, a private Hungarian company has signed a partnership agreement with the government of Ghana to commence the construction of affordable houses for Ghanaians across the country.

The project, which seeks to bridge the housing gap among Ghanaians will provide a fast and cost effective affordable houses, based on a polystyrene concrete technology, to ultimately construct 10,000 housing units.

Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, disclosed at the sod-cutting ceremony of the project that the initiative is between the Hungarian government, Solin and Sino Africa Development Company Limited.

He gave the assurance that there will be ‘no governmental bureaucracy’ in the way of the project.

“We cannot have a sane society if people do not have decent homes of abode”.

He encouraged Ghanaians to lend their support to the success of the project and cautioned against any propagandist tendencies.

András Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary to Ghana, said the project could not have come to fruition without the support of the government of Ghana and Sino Africa Development Company.

He explained that the project is a Public Private Partnership.

“Solin is mandated to finance and build affordable housing units for Ghanaians which will be subsequently absorbed by Government to the citizens on flexible and affordable terms”.

He said Solin has plans to establish a factory in Ghana to aid government’s One District One Factory initiative, to locally produce the materials needed for the construction of the houses with the polystyrene concrete technology.

Meanwhile, the developer and technology provider, Solin, has identified a local partner, Sino Africa Development Company Limited, a construction company, to undertake all civil works to meet the local construction standards and also transfer the technology unto the local partner.