The National Tenants Association of Ghana has urged the government to open up for a stakeholder consultation ahead of the establishment of the National Rental Assistance Scheme.
In an interview on Morning Update on TV XYZ Monday morning, the Secretay-General of National Tenants Association of Ghana, Frederick Opoku, noted the government has to meet the Association to be able to streamline the modus operandi of the scheme in order to be able to help low income earners in urban areas.
As part of fulfilling a campaign promise, the Akufo-Addo government has pledged to provide seed money of GH¢100 million to commence the scheme that will help provide low-interest loans to eligible Ghanaians to enable them to pay rent advance and ease the accommodation challenges in the country.
Delivering the 2021 Budget statement in parliament last Friday, Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu said the government would roll-out the scheme “in partnership with the private sector.”
“We will commence the establishment of a National Rental Assistance Scheme (NRAS), with a seed of GH¢100 million. The scheme will crowd-in additional investment from the private sector, to provide low-interest loans to eligible Ghanaians to enable them pay rent advance,” he said
But Fred Opoku believes the government might fail if property owners are not engaged before the scheme is launched.
“First of all, I think they should do proper analysis about those who are in problems, I mean those with challenges…We are waiting for them [government]…They can still reconvene and bring a criteria so that the informal sector can [be] integrated into it,” Opoku told co-host Nana Abena Serwaa.
He said initiative to enhance the quality of life of Ghanaians by affording them decent and affordable acomodation was laudable but urged the Akufo-Addo to partner them so they can support the programme by building new apartments to see to the smooth running of the Scheme.