Today is UN Habitat Day but Ghana’s housing deficit  worsens Today is UN Habitat Day but Ghana’s housing deficit  worsens
The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day. The theme for World Habitat Day 1 October... Today is UN Habitat Day but Ghana’s housing deficit  worsens

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.

The theme for World Habitat Day 1 October 2018 is Municipal Solid Waste Management

The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/202, and was first celebrated in 1986.

Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme to bring attention to UN-Habitat’s mandate to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all. This World Habitat Day will focus on promoting all levels of government and all relevant stakeholders to reflect on how to implement concrete initiatives to ensure adequate and affordable housing in the context of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda at all levels, as well as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Since 2010, Ghana has been tagged as experiencing a housing crisis with deficit of 1.7 million units, but industry players believe the deficit could be more as the country’s population has increased since then.

The Housing challenge is becoming worse as housing rents hits skyrocketing level disabling many to afford a decent accomodation.The  alarming rate at which  slums are springing up in cities is evidence of people enability to afford decent accommodation in the Country.

Former President John Mahama in 2016 inaugurated 1,500 housing units at Ningo in the Greater Accra Region as part of the phase one of  the affordable housing project.

The entire project is expected to produce 5,000 housing units for low and middle income earners in the country.

Previous governments also made some attempts but the projects have been abandoned to rot in the bush.

Source :enaghana.com/Annor Obed /UN Habitat.