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    March 11, 2016
  New housing schemes for Tema Metropolis
Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, Ghanadot

Plans are far advanced for the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) to introduce new housing schemes to give a facelift to some of the old communities in the Tema Metropolis.

This is because the housing schemes in those communities are no longer attractive and therefore there was the need for the Corporation to come up with new schemes that are standard.

According to him, some technical committees have already been set up by the Corporation to come up with designs that would meet the kind of standards they want adding that in the next two to three years people would begin to see the new face of those communities.

Mr. Abbey made the disclosure this during a tour of ongoing and abandoned properties of the Corporation by the Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr. Hannah Bissiw in Tema.

The Deputy Minister and her entourage first port of call was the TDC Conference Center located at Tema Community Six (6), near the Hotel Joe Carl which was discarded somewhere in 2000 after about 70 % of work had been done completed.

From there, they continued to the defunct Tema Meridian Hotel area, where a number of development works were ongoing before continuing to inspect work so far done at the new site for Community 25 on the western side of the Tema – Aflao highway, which is about 60 per cent developed.

Speaking to some journalists, the acting Managing Director (MD)of the Tema Development Corporation, Mr. Joe Abbey hinted that the new housing scheme is expected to start from Communities One (1), Two (2) and Four (4), especially the Kaiser flat area.

He denied that the responsibility of TDC and the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) overlaps because each of the two establishments has its own mandate and works accordingly.

He pointed out that TDC has qualified personnel who are ready to move into action to change the face of Tema and called for cooperation among residents and staff of the Corporation.

The Dr. Hannah Bissiw expressed worry that the TDC Conference Center which when completed could have racked in some income for the Corporation had been abandoned for such a long time.

She disclosed that the Water Resources, Works and Housing ministry was going to operate an open door policy to allow all Ghanaians to have access to the Ministry to ensure speedy development.

On her assessment of the performance of TDC, Mrs. Bissiw explained that since the NDC just got into office, they are now studying the situation on the ground and therefore judging them would not be appropriate.

She however charged staff of the Corporation of the rally solidly behind the acting MD to ensure that together they achieve their goal of developing Tema and making it the model city it once was.

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