By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Helao Nafidi town council is trying to unlock the backlog of its housing list and has taken a decision to construct 70 houses at a cost of N$11 million. This resolution was taken during a recent meeting whereby the council decided to utilise its own funds to construct 70 houses for middle and low income earners and 20 houses under Build Together programme.
Elias Nghipangelwa, the Mayor of Helao Nafidi town council told Confidente that the council has set aside an amount of about N$11 million for the construction of the 70 houses.
“We are busy with the construction of the new open market and the construction of affluent settlements at Engela and Omafo, extension one and two. The council is also busy with tarring roads in Ohangwena,” said Nghipangelwa.
Hidipo Hamata, the DTA regional coordinator for Ohangwena region commended the council for the construction of services saying that the council is moving on the right track.
“However, this does not mean the town has done much and must stop there but calling on them to deliver more basic physical and organisational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprises. We want to see to it that by 2020, the town council has built at least 1500 houses for low, middle and higher income earners,” said Hamata. In September, DTA of Namibia wrote to the town CEO requesting the council to allocate new serviced land to the Build Together beneficiaries before the end of this year while awaiting the outcome of an ongoing dispute regarding allocating of land for the programme. In 2013, Helao Nafidi allocated plots to landless individuals on a piece of land that does not belong to the council, but to Immanuel Namupala. “It should be noted that land and housing is a much needed commodity and residents cannot be left waiting indefinitely. We are happy that the council took a bold decision to allocate new erven to the beneficiaries who were allocated erven in the mahangu field of Namupala which is under dispute in court. We are happy that they have acted as per our demand that they allocate new erven to the beneficiaries before end of this year something they have delivered on. Congratulations are in order,” said Hamata.
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