Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio addressing the press
Having toured the about 504, one and two bedroom housing units being developed for the Police Service, the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, responsible for Lands and Forestry Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio announced that a New Edifice for the Police Service will be ready in the second week of February 2023.
The Deputy Minister made this declaration when he embarked on a working visit to inspect the ongoing housing project for Personnel of the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Meteorological Service, Civil Aviation and the DVLA located at Kwabenya( Atomic) on Thursday, 12th January, 2023.
Addressing the media, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio disclosed that the project which is being developed by Unique Development Company is a land swap agreement between the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry, Lands Commission, Ministry of Interior, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and the private developer.
He said this agreement was reached when the government realised that the Police Service was in urgent need of accommodation which also fell in line with government’s plan to build Morden Barracks for the security services, as the their numbers kept increasing by the day.
He indicated that the construction begun in 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the progress was interrupted and almost halted but with 92% completion currently, they are hopeful to see the complete work by February 2023.
The Deputy Minister explained that the project also includes a 10 Unit, 2bedroom accommodation for the engineering and mechanic department of the Service with offices, canteens, and a police post to ensure their saftey.
Hon. Benito told the media that the police station within the new community will not only serve the Police Service and their families but also serve those in the neighbouring areas as well.
The Deputy Minister further clarified that the project has also relocated the residents of the Ghana Airport Company and the Meteorological Service at Jubilee enclave to pave way for the construction of the Jubliee City Project.
The Deputy Minister responsible for Lands as part of his working visit also took the media on a tour of the old Police Service accommodation facilities at the Airport, 37 DVLA enclave to give them an appreciation of the difference in outlook and the better facilities government is offering the Police Service.
He expressed his joy on the progress of work done so far saying “work is far advanced and we are hopeful that the contractors will meet the deadline”.
The first phase of the project which includes 504 housing units, also has a fully furnished clinic, school block for JHS and Primary, police mobile maintenance unit, police station, fuel depot and a garage.
Also with the Deputy Minister on this working visit was the Advisor to the Minister on Mines, the Technical Director for Lands at the Ministry, Mr. Maxwell Adu-Nsarfoa and other officials from the Ministry and the Lands Commission.