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High Cost of Building Materials, President Akuffo Addo opts For Burnt Bricks

High Cost of Building Materials, President Akuffo Addo opts For Burnt Bricks

The high cost of construction materials resulting from the effects of the emergence of COVID-19 have been worsened further by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, thus according to president Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo. This he said has taught a lesson that Ghana cannot continue to rely on imported building materials for the housing and construction industry.

 

At a ceremony to launch the national affordable housing program at Pokua on Tuesday August 1st, 2023, the president revealed that under the revised affording housing programme, developers are required to incorporate a significant proportion of domestically manufactured building materials such as burnt clay bricks. These bricks according to the president will be utilized at 2 different levels, one, for constructing fence wall that covers 200 acres land and two, some of the external walls of the apartments.

''a revised affording housing programme requires developers to incorporate a significant proportion of domestically manufactured building materials such as burnt clay bricks. These bricks will be utilized at 2 different levels, one, for constructing fence wall that covers 200 acres. And two, but some of the external walls of the apartments, this deliberate use of domestically produced burn clay bricks not only ensures the durability of the structure but also supports the growth and development of our domestic building materials industry''.

 

Burnt clay bricks are known to be one of the cheapest locally produced building material in Ghana, highly noted for its high-quality durability, and unique finishing, environmentally friendly and conducive for habitation. However, calls for its use in the building industry are often met with hesitations by developers due to the appetite developed for other material most of which imported.

The president expresses the hope that through the project the burnt brick industry will be revived.

''through this project we are paving the way for sustained growth and development of the burn brick industry and of the local building materials industry in general so that we can then begin to have cheaper houses to which all our people can have access'' he added.

The call by His excellency the president is expected to impact positively on its production and use to help cut the cost of buildings in the country.      

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