Mass Housing must include the poor: Nambili

29 Apr 2014 10:40am
OTAVI, 29 APR (NAMPA) – Otavi constituency councillor Ndapewa Nambili on Saturday urged stakeholders in Government’s Mass Housing initiative to consider the poor in their programme implementation.
The Otavi constituency councillor said at a one-day Mass Housing conference held here that the programme must solely target to benefit poor Namibians to help them access quality affordable houses.
The Otavi Investment Expo and Festival’s organising committee invited different local authority councillors and chief executive officers (CEO) to the conference to discuss matters related to Government’s Mass Housing development programme.
“I urge all stakeholders in this programme to see to it that it strictly benefits our poor citizens, who are the majority of the masses,” Nambili stressed.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Charles Namoloh said in his official opening remarks delivered on his behalf by Deputy Minister Priscilla Beukes that the development programme is an important national initiative, and housing is one of the most basic human needs.
“Therefore, I call upon all stakeholders in Local and Regional Authorities to actively participate in the successful implementation of the Mass Housing programme,” he noted.
The minister further stated that Government will continue to provide the needed resources to assist the low and ultra-low-income groups in accessing affordable houses.
This initiative is set to not only provide affordable quality houses to the nation, but will also help them access clean drinking water, electricity and proper ablution facilities.
The programme will thus go a long way in reducing and eventually phasing-out informal settlements in the urban areas of Namibia.
“This I know won’t be that easy, but it is an objective that we must strive for through intensified urban planning and increased investments to do away with the undesirable phenomenon of informal settlements,” stressed Namoloh.
He furthermore urged banks and other financial institutions to work with home-loan borrowers, contractors and Government in ensuring that it is implemented successfully, and that it also creates employment opportunities.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba on 26 November 2013 launched Government’s Mass Housing development programme in the capital.
Pohamba said at the launch that Government - through the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) - envisions building over 185 000 houses around the country in less than 17 years.
The president is the chairperson of the Mass Housing development committee.
Other committee members include Namoloh, Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Minister of Presidential Affairs’ Dr Albert Kawana, and the Director-General of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Tom Alweendo.
The committee is being assisted by the NHE’s technical team, which compiled a blueprint document on this programme.