THE President Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), Roland Affail Monney, has cut sod for the construction of 100 units affordable housing to end the scourge of homelessness among journalists.
The housing units dubbed ‘Media Village Project’ is to address the challenge of homelessness associated with the journalism profession.
Speaking at the ceremony, he said that it was ironic that journalists do compelling stories about homelessness in certain communities but most of them are homeless.
Monney said the sod-cutting event was a demonstration that the issue of homelessness has been consigned into the dustbin of history, emphasisng that “the goal is to make sure every journalist owns, at least, one house”.
Addressing the problem of homelessness for its members outside Accra, the GJA president indicated that same project would be replicated for them.
He acknowledged the fact that media professionals work under abysmal conditions with meagre salaries.
The president appealed to its members to “squeeze water out of stone” in order to acquire these affordable housing.
“I beseech financial institutions to give out mortgage facilities to our members, who are willing to buy, but don’t have money to do so”, he stated.
The Chairperson for the Media Village Project, Dr Doris Yaa Dartey, pointed out that Koans Ghana Limited was offering journalists 100 units of houses at affordable rates, stressing that “two-bedroom house cost GH¢60,000 while a three-bedrooms is ¢80,000”.
Touching on the project, which is located at Pampaso in the Eastern Region, Dr Dartey averred that 47 out of the expected 100 members have showed commitments, adding that 38 have paid a registration fee of GH¢1,000 each while nine have paid varying amounts as deposit towards cost of the house.
The General Manager of Koans Ghana Limited, Dela Kanfra, noted that his outfit has drastically reduced the price of its housing units for journalists to be house owners.
On the poor nature of the road leading to the media village, he promised that it would be fixed before Koans finishes the project within the one-year time-frame.
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