Ongwediva wants share of mass housing project

17 Dec 2013 13:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 17 DEC (NAMPA) – Ongwediva Mayor Jason Asino has pledged to ensure that his town also becomes one of the beneficiaries of the mass housing initiative which President Hifikepunye Pohamba launched in Windhoek last month.
Asino pledged this on the occasion of his re-election as the mayor of the town last week.
“I commit myself and wholeheartedly support the recently announced mass housing initiative, and pledge to ensure that Ongwediva also becomes a beneficiary of the project in no time,” he said.
However, Asino said his council is confronted with critical challenges such as speeding up the process of land delivery for residential, commercial and industrial development.
Although he took cognisance of the progress his council has made in land delivery in recent months, the mayor believes what was achieved so far is not good enough and the council needs to do more.
“The cry for land continues and it is becoming louder as every day is passing,” Asino charged.
Regional chief magistrate, Mika Namweya, who presided over Asino’s re-election process, also called on members of the Ongwediva Town Council (TC) to commit themselves to on-time land delivery, provision of shelters and employment creation for the residents of the town.
“If one is crying for a shelter, do the best of your ability to provide him/her with shelter and to be faithful to the people of Namibia, as you promised. You have to serve all the people irrespective of their colour, race, religious and political orientation,” Namweya advised the Ongwediva town councillors.
He added that local authority councillors are elected to serve in accordance with the expectations of the electorate and thereby diligently carry out the development of their respective towns.
The Ongwediva Town Council’s public relations officer, Andreas Utoni told a public meeting held at the town recently that the council plans to make land available at the Omatando village in the northern part of the town for the envisaged mass housing project.