By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Oniipa Town Council needs N$11 million to compensate 20 communal landowners, so that development projects can proceed on their land.
This was confirmed by town council chief executive officer, Junias Jakob, who said that several developmental projects had been earmarked for the 2017/18 financial year. Jakob said that during the 2015/16 financial year, an amount of N$893 224 was made available to the council, by the central government, for land compensation.
He stressed that during the 2016/17 financial year, not even a single cent had been made available to compensate the communal landowners, whose properties had been evaluated in 2014 and 2015.
Jakob said this issue was now hampering council’s developmental efforts.
“We have submitted various requests to the line ministry for compensation funding, but no solution has come forth, as yet. People with valued communal land continue knocking at our doors for this,” said Jakob.
He said that such funds are needed, as a matter of urgency, as they will pave way for the council to plan and service the land.
The 2017/18 budget has highlighted some of the major capital projects that will be executed, such as sewage reticulation at Onethindi Extension One (phase two), where N$2 million has been budgeted for sewage reticulation.
An amount of N$1.1 million has also been budgeted for the drawing up of a town planning scheme, while another N$6 million is needed for the compilation of the town’s masterplan.
“This is very important, because it is the guideline for all the infrastructure development in the town,” Jakob said.
The council has also budgeted N$2.8 million for the establishment of two new mixed-use development townships.
These townships will cater for the construction of houses for middle and low-income earners.
Jackob further noted that the council is working towards realising rapid and sustainable urban development, by implementing various projects in Oniipa.
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