The government is embarking on a nation-wide drive to take inventory of all state buildings to ensure that government properties that are found to be illegally occupied by people are recovered to the state.

It has come to the notice of the government that some public servants who have long retired continue to live in official bungalows, some of whose locations are unknown, while others who are no more have bequeathed those properties to their relations.

It is against this backdrop that a seven-member committee to oversee the recovery of government properties was inaugurated by the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Mr E.T. Mensah, in Accra yesterday.

The committee, known as Government Buildings Project Management Committee and under the chairmanship of the Director-General of the Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI), Dr Shaibu Gariba, has been given up to a month to present an interim report on the state of affairs to the minister.

The other members are Messrs P.K. Boafo from the Public Works Department (PWD), Wahid Iddrisu, Daniel Tackie, a retired Assistant Auditor-General, Roland Bortey from the National Security, J.E. Hagan, a representative of the PWD, and Frank Quist, the Human Resource Director of the ministry.

Inaugurating the committee, Mr Mensah said successive governments had always maintained a number of houses for its core employees within the Civil Service in order that their efficiency could be enhanced.

He recalled the aborted STX Housing Project which he explained was to allocate 60,000 out of the 200,000 houses to public servants at the district level which, for him, emphasised the importance the government attached to maintaining a level of housing for its employees.

Mr Mensah expressed concern over the fact that some government proprieties had either been sold or converted to other uses, for which reason he underscored the need for the committee to take an inventory of all government buildings in Ghana.

The minister charged the members to endeavour to provide a list of properties, whether they were office accommodation, residential or for other purposes, and asked them to provide information on where those properties were located, the state in which they were and who were occupying them.

He expressed the hope that with the vast array of experience wielded by the committee members, they would deliver on their terms of reference within the shortest possible time.

Dr Gariba, on behalf of the other members, gave an assurance of meeting the deadline of submitting the interim report requested by the minister.

Source: Daily Graphic

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