11 Aug 2013 08:30
ONIIPA, 11 AUG (NAMPA) - Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister says his ministry strives to ensure the provision of shelter for all citizens and, as such, is planning to roll out its housing programme to the regions soon.
Retired Major-General Charles Namoloh said this at the Oniipa Lutheran Centre in the Oshikoto Region on Friday, when he officially launched a five-year strategic plan of the Diakonia and Social Services Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN).
Namoloh indicated that the housing programme is an initiative of President Hifikepunye Pohamba, and it aims at providing houses for low-income, middle-income and other categories of residents in all the regions.
The programme, Namoloh said, is part of Governments efforts to alleviate poverty in the country, as it provides houses to people so that they have collateral to secure financial loans from commercial banks to embark upon business ventures.
The Regional and Local Government Minister pointed out that the housing programme would be rolled out to the regions at the end of September or beginning of October this year.
According to him, the said programme is about addressing a backlog of 100 000 houses the country is facing, and it would provide 10 000 houses in all 13 capitals of the regions in a period of six to 10 months once it is rolled out to the regions.
We want to change the informal settlement status in the country by building houses for people to rent or buy in all the regions, Namoloh told his audience.
He then called on all stakeholders, including the Church, to join the government in the provision of a shelter for every person in Namibia.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Presiding Bishop of ELCIN Dr Shekutaamba Nambala stated that his church regards Namolohs ministry as closer to the ELCIN Diakonia and Social Services Unit, hence the invitation by ELCIN for Namoloh to officiate at the launch of its strategic plan.
Nambala revealed that ELCIN is currently demarcated into five major departments - education, information and technology; business; finance and administration; diakonia and social services; and mission and congregations.
The departments of mission and congregations and diakonia and social services, Nambala said, are not discriminatory on a Christianity basis as they focus on every person, and are inclusive of all the people in need of its services.
We regard ourselves as social partners in the development of our country, said Nambala, adding that ELCIN will look into the Namibian society for those who might have been left behind like people with disabilities, hungry, vulnerable or marginalised people.
As the church we dont want to go alone, we want to be partners with all major and minor stakeholders within our society, Nambala said.
Through its strategic plan, the ELCIN Department of Diakonia and Social Services (DDSS) seeks to contribute towards creating a just society through the provision of services which enable communities to be self-sustainable.
The DDSS mission is to implement and coordinate diaconal services as mandated by ELCIN in a holistic manner, serving the Namibian poor, vulnerable and marginalised.