The ruling NPP government has promised the youth of Ghana a rental assistance scheme if re-elected into office which I’m calling the ‘One Youth, One Rent’ policy.
According to NPP Communication Team member Nana Akomea, the scheme would pay rent advance for young people to help them deal with the huge problem of finding huge sums of money to pay rent.
With elections just around the corner, the NPP has remembered the rent problem and are promising to solve it if reelected.
According to Akomea, they are setting up an agency – National Rental Assistance Scheme – to provide low-interest loans to young people so they can get the money needed to rent and pay it back bit by bit.
“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 the youth and indeed many other Ghanaians,” Akomea said.
In much of the world, rent is a utility just like electricity and water and people therefore pay their rent on a monthly basis.
In Ghana however, the people have zero governmental protections and you’re forced to pay your rent on a two-year basis.
That means young people have to find gargantuan sums of money to pay for their often two-year rent advance.
This is a big problem for many young people who often don’t have that much income, not to talk of raising that gargantuan sums.
The NPP is therefore counting on it as an issue which can help them galvanise the youth vote.
That’s if anyone would believe their claims – they’ve had four years to do this and they’ve done literally nothing but elections are around the corner and voila – they have all the solutions.
Reelect them and see them forget this easily until the next election comes around.