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MAINSTREAMING LOCAL BUILDING MATERIALS IN GHANA - A POSITIVE POLICY DIRECTION

MAINSTREAMING LOCAL BUILDING MATERIALS IN GHANA - A POSITIVE POLICY DIRECTION

INFRASTRUCTURE AND HOUSING DEFICIT FACTORS IN GHANA 

Ghana’s population in 2010 was 24.7M. 
Our current population is 30M and it is projected to increase to 35M in 5yrs (2025) if it continues at current growth rate of 2% per annum. 

With such fast growing population, Ghana’s housing deficit now stands at 2M housing units. 

Over the years, government’s annual target of providing 100,000 houses always ends up at only 25% to 40% of total estimated units. 

To close this housing gap caused by increased population and urbanization growth over the years means more houses need to be constructed by govt. in partnership with private sector developers in a cost effective and sustainable manner. 

It is in view of this that we have been advocating and engaging key stakeholders to make burnt bricks and tiles part of the materials for reducing our housing and other infrastructure deficits in Ghana. 

Burnt Bricks have already been proven scientifically to have superior compressive strength, low water absorption, energy efficient and cost saving as well as being an environmentally friendly material for construction. 

As an association our main objectives are to create demand for brick products through stakeholder engagements/awareness creation as well as sustaining product quality and availability for developers. 

Our current government’s recent emphasis to “ACTIVELY MAINSTREAM THE USE OF BURNT BRICKS AND OTHER LOCAL MATERIALS IN PUBLIC SECTOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS” from year 2021 comes as a dream come true in our long advocacy engagements/campaigns. 

In their manifesto, they attest to having DEMONSTRATED THE AVAILABILITY AND DURABILITY OF LOCAL BUILDING MATERIALS INCLUDING BURNT BRICKS AND POZZOLANA CEMENT. 

Government is the biggest spender in infrastructure development like educational, health, agriculture, administrative buildings, social housing facilities and roads, but 90% of the raw materials used are imported costing the country over USD$1Billion yearly; according to their manifesto. 

Resorting to local building materials shall save Ghana huge foreign exchange as it redirect such capital into our local economy to create wealth, jobs, improve standard of living, expand our local manufacturing base to make Ghana less dependent on imported goods as COVID-19 has taught us to “look within”. Burnt Bricks must be stated on all government project BILL OF QUANTITIES (BOQ)

 

credit: BTMOG

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