Kumasi, April 15, GNA - A pilot training programme to build the competency of artisans in the efficient use of local building materials for the construction of durable and affordable houses has been launched.
It is being jointly spearheaded by Habitat for Humanity Ghana (HFHG) and the Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
The goal is to expose them to techniques for improving clay bricks, compressed earth blocks and to introduce them to the 'Portland Pozzolana' cement.
The first batch of 75 trainees drawn from the Ahafo-Ano South and Atwima-Nwabiagya Districts are being trained at the National Artisan Training Centre at Fumesua in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality.
They include masons, carpenters, steel-benders, manufacturers of local building materials and works foremen.
Dr. Eugene Atiemo, Director of BRRI, said the training would last for six weeks, and would significantly help the trainees to control termite infested sites and better handle concrete and mortar making processes.
Additionally, they would be able to carry out sub-soil investigations, ensure proper project management, moisture rise and control in buildings and cost-saving measures.
Dr. Etiemo said the programme would involve lectures, field skills training and site visits to encourage participation and the exchange of information.
He said increasing the use of local building materials was necessary to reduce the high cost to the nation through the importation of construction materials.
Therefore, he explained, that was the way to go to tackle Ghana's huge housing deficit.
Mr. James Anewenah, the National Director of the HFHG, said his organisation was determined to train more artisans under the programme to enhance their skills for better job.