Government bungalows turned into Sobolo, Pito breweries - Minister

The Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Freda Prempeh said some retirees abandon the state property and leave them to squatters who also use them as breweries for “sobolo” and “pito”.

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This was disclosed by the Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Freda Prempeh.

Speaking on Accra-based Class FM she said most retirees after their service to the state leave the bungalows in poor conditions.

She added that some retirees abandon the state property and leave them to squatters who also use them as breweries for “sobolo” and “pito”.

“If it’s not yours then it has to go waste. I visited a place and they had just abandoned the whole bungalow and the squatters were using the facility as a place to produce their Fante kenkey, sobolo and pito and government will have to use the tax payer’s money to renovate these bungalows and bring them back to life.”

She said the government is consulting stakeholders for their inputs in a Real Estate Agency Bill.

“When you go to other jurisdictions, when you rent a house you pay a percentage of an amount that caters for some of these things, that is maintenance of the facility so that if you are leaving the facility and it’s not the same way that you went into it, they will deduct it from that money that you deposited. So I think that now that we are working on the Real Estate Agency Bill, we are consulting stakeholders for their inputs,” she said.

Prempeh called on retired public servants and unauthorised persons occupying government properties to vacate the premises or face eviction.

“We are coming out with the police next week. If you’ve not paid your rent, if you are not authorised to live in a government bungalow, make sure that you pack out,” she cautioned.

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