Housing provision tops Government agenda: Shaningwa

31 Aug 2016 14:40pm
EENHANA, 31 AUG (NAMPA) – Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa has said Government is determined to address the prevailing housing backlog and to scale up the availability of houses to meet the people's needs.
She said those in low income groups are among the prime beneficiaries of Government’s housing programmes while speaking during the handing over of houses under the Mass Housing Programme in Eenhana on Tuesday.
“In terms of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the government has committed to facilitate the development of at least 20 000 houses and this is achievable if we join forces and work as a team,” Shaningwa added.
About 284 houses were built here as part of the Mass Housing Programme since the implementation of the programme in 2014.
Shaningwa called on housing agencies and local authorities to cooperate to allow for maximum output from housing initiatives.
“We recognise and are concerned that more than 73 per cent of Namibians do not have access to the credit facilities that are offered by financial services and consequently cannot afford to buy and own land and housing in urban areas,” she said.
Shaningwa also urged the beneficiaries to respect their new homes and comply with the rules and regulations expected of them.
“Look after these houses at all times, pay your mortgage fees promptly and avoid arrears,” she advised.