The Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye (MP), has constituted a committee charged with undertaking a comprehensive inventory of government buildings, both residential and office accommodation, across the country.
This, according to the Minister, is in accordance with the Ministry’s mandate to formulate, monitor and evaluate the implementation of policies, plans and programmes for the sustainable management of public landed properties pursuant to section 52 of the Public Financial Management Act 2016.
The Eight-Member Committee has the mandate to ‘’check the integrity of records of government buildings, offices, and residential accommodation; determine the functionality of government buildings, offices, and accommodation; compile data on properties occupied by retired public servants who continue to live in official bungalows and, or bequeathed those properties to relations; compile data on properties that have either been converted to other uses, or sold outright, among others.’’
The Hon. Asenso-Boakye urged the committee to liaise with the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in carrying out the exercise successfully. He expressed confidence in the committee, made up of highly distinguished public servants with different expertise in various areas, to carry out the assignment in accordance with the tenets of the public service, and in the interest of the country.
The committee is chaired by the Member of Parliament for Abetifi, Hon. Bryan Acheampong, with Mad. Glory Nana Yaa Nartey of the Public Works Department (PWD, Prestige), Dr. Anim Odame, Senior Technical Advisor of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Mr. Solomon Osei Gyamera of the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Laura Tetteh of the Lands Commission, Mrs. Joyce Wereko-Ampim Opoku of the Administrator General, Mr. Collins Atta Tabiri, of the National Investment Bank and Mr. Daniel Nii Tackie, (RTD) of the Auditor General as members.
The Committee has three months to complete and submit its report.
Source: Mohammed Bomanso Issah(Real Estate Times Africa)