The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has promised to pay the rent advances of Ghanaian youth should the party and its candidate be given another four years to manage the country.
Addressing a media conference in Accra on Monday, member of the NPP communication team Nana Akomea said the move is intended to in the short term cushion the Ghanaian youth from the problem of high rent and long rent advance.
“Government will in effect pay the rent advance for you, and you pay the rent monthly to the scheme.
“In effect then, the NPP government in its next term will eliminate the big problem of Rent Advance facing you the youth and indeed many other Ghanaians,” Akomea said
He said the next NPP government would implement the move through the National Rental Assistance Scheme—a new, novel, and a revolutionary scheme that would among other things provide low-interest loans to eligible Ghanaian youth solely to enable them to pay for rental accommodation.
The rent advances, Akomea explained would be paid directly into the bank accounts of beneficiary landlords and it would target Ghanaian youth in both formal and informal sectors, with identifiable or regular income.
The beneficiary youth would repay the loans on a monthly basis.
Beyond the payment of rent advances, Akomea stated the government would set up seed capital of GHS100 Million, which would also serve the purpose of leverage to attract additional investment from the Private sector.
“Government will implement the necessary regulatory and operational to anchor the policy,” he stated adding: “Indeed as we speak, a new Rent Control Act has been drafted for review by Cabinet in this direction. So basically, when this National Rental Assistance comes into being in the next NPP government, the big problem of two (2) to three (3) years Advance rent would greatly reduce, if not ended.”
Dumelo on Rent Control
Actor cum politician John Dumelo says he will prioritise the enforcement of the rent control act if he is elected into Parliament.
He said he will push for Ghanaians to pay just 6-months’ rent advance, instead of the two years upfront that landlords usually take.
Dumelo is seeking to become the Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency on the ticket of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).