The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA), Samuel Atta Mills, has proposed that the management of state bungalows should be given to private entities that are professionals in the rent business to ensure value for money.
Mr. Mills, who is worried about the low rates charged on government bungalows by Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), said there will be more loss of revenue if the government continues to do things the way they are, stressing that the bringing on board of private hands and the injection of professionalism will help turn things around.
The proposal by the KEEA legislator comes after the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) sitting in Ho, where the Committee expressed anger over the ridiculously low rent charges by MMDAs in the country.
At the sitting on Thursday, May 10, 2018, it was revealed that MMDAs were charging low rates for government rented bungalows.
For example, the Financial Director of the Kedjebi Municipal Assembly, MacGeorge Apetorgbor, told the PAC that a two-bedroom apartment belonging to the government at Kedjebi is being rented at GH¢14.00 a month.
Despite this ridiculously low rent charge, occupants have failed to pay, Apetorgbor added.
Interacting with EIB Network’s Ibrahim Alhassan on the sidelines of the PAC sitting, Mr. Mills the only option to turn things around is the privatization of the management of state bungalows.
“My point is that the assemblies are not equipped to be renters. What the government needs to do is to sublet these rentals to somebody else – a private person”, he mooted.
The GH¢14 being paid by the occupants of government bungalows is unacceptable, he fumed.
“So, sub-let it to somebody else, let them maintain the building, charge a percent of their income and then the government will make sure that these buildings are maintained,” he reiterated.