06 Dec 2014 16:30pm
OSHAKATI, 05 DEC (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba says the mass housing programme is not only delivering houses, but it is also contributing to employment creation and skills development for many Namibians.
He said this at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Friday on the occasion of the handing-over of 65 houses constructed under that Government-initiated programme aimed to provide affordable houses to the countrys low-income group of the Namibian society.
The Head of State handed over the homes to beneficiaries at Oshakati, following the first batch of 89 houses handed over to new owners at Walvis Bay a week ago.
The hand-over took place at the newly-created Ekuku township in the north of Oshakati on the way to the Okatana Roman Catholic Mission.
Pohamba expressed satisfaction with the implementation and progress of the mass housing programme, and referred to it as an important strategic and urgent national initiative.
He noted that a total of 350 people, 201 of whom are women, have been employed as part of the implementation of the project.
Our government is determined to see to it that this programme is implemented successfully, he stated.
Pohamba then called upon all relevant stakeholders to assure that they fulfil their responsibilities without fail, and demanded contractors or builders to provide good quality houses.
According to him, quality products/houses last longer and the beneficiaries will be happy for many years.
Pohamba pointed out that the government will provide subsidies to owners of houses under the mass housing project in order to lessen the financial burden on them.
The subsidies for different categories of houses range between 50 per cent and 60 per cent of the cost of the houses, he explained.
The Governor of the Oshana Region, Clemens Kashuupulwa told those present that the 65 houses are part of the 400 houses to be built under that programmes first phase at Oshakati.
Some beneficiaries of the 65 houses are Oshakati residents who used to live in flood-prone informal settlements.