26 Nov 2013 19:10pm
ATTENTION CORRECTION: Story changes Thursday to Tuesday in intro
WINDHOEK, 26 NOV (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba officially launched the National Mass Housing Development Programme in the capital on Tuesday.
The programme aims to build at least 185 000 affordable houses by the year 2030.
It will be implemented in phases and is projected to cost N.dollars 45 billion.
The first phase which commenced with Tuesdays launch will run for two years, and will see at least 8 800 housing units built and 10 200 plots serviced at an estimated cost of N.dollars 2,7 billion.
The implementation of the programme will be up-scaled for the remaining 15 years to ensure that approximately 12 000 houses are built per year in different parts of the country, he said.
The Head of State further noted that the programme will target middle, low and ultra-low income groups in terms of providing access to land and housing.
This component is aimed at fulfilling another important objective, namely the upgrading of informal settlements, with the goal of phasing-out shacks from our urban and peri-urban areas, he stated.
He urged the National Housing Enterprise (NHE), relevant Government institutions and other institutions to co-ordinate their work to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays or technical difficulties that could derail the programme.
He also called upon all financial institution to work with individuals, contractors and service providers in order to ensure that the programme is implemented successfully.
For far too long, many families have lived in difficult conditions without basic services such as clean drinking water, electricity and ablution facilities.
Through this programme, the Namibian people will not only be provided with affordable housing, they will also have access to better sanitation, which is necessary for the promotion of the health of our communities, Pohamba stated.