OTC avails N.dollars 10 for Omatando formalisation

26 Feb 2019 09:00am
ONGWEDIVA, 26 FEB (NAMPA) - The Ongwediva Town Council (OTC) has spent N.dollars 10 million towards the process of formalising the newly established township of Omatando.
In an interview with Nampa here on Monday, OTC spokesperson, Jackson Muma, said a total of eight extensions consisting of 2 287 plots has been identified.
Muma noted the amount includes planning and surveying of the planned area.
He explained that since 2016, property owners were encouraged to register whatever structures they had already erected in area to help the council make proper and coordinated planning towards the formalisation of the area.
“A total of 1 354 properties were registered with the council and those listed are now encouraged to consult the office for property verification in order to obtain site plans and prepare building plans for approval in line with the general plan,” he said.
Muma emphasised that the aim to register properties was to have a well-planned and surveyed township and thereafter essential services can be provided to the community as per the Local Authorities Act.
He further explained that since Omatando was proclaimed as part of the town in 2012, inhabitants have been up in arms over the issue of formalisation, however since the process began in 2016, the council had nine meetings with them, which led to the conclusion of registration of existing identified structures.
Muma however noted that, so far, the traditional homesteads their owners are not included in the processes as the council is busy identifying how many field lands are to be surveyed and in addition to the formulation of a budget for compensation.