The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) says there has been an improvement in the provision of housing in the country.
It said in its final five volumes of the 2021 population and housing census, which focused on housing, water and sanitation, fertility and mortality, and information and communication technology, the service, it observed that the country’s housing deficit has reduced by 33 percent since the year 2000.
Speaking on the subject, the Government Statistician, Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim emphasised the need for government to do more in the housing sector.
“What we are reporting now is an indication of the reversal of the increasing housing deficit that we saw in the 50-year period 1960 to 2010. The 2021 PHC has pointed out the 33% reduction in the extent of housing deficit that we have in the country.”
The report shows that although the country’s housing deficit in the last 50-year period continually witnessed an upward trend from a figure of 1 million to 2.8 million from 1950 to 2010, it is currently at 1.8 million.
According to the Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, the new data is good news that will encourage the ministry to commit more resources to increase the number of available housing units for Ghanaians.
“The Ministry will soon launch its new affordable housing programme where Government will make available land, tax exemptions and other social amenities such as electricity, access roads etc. for private developers towards the construction of affordable housing facilities,” he said.