PRESIDENT Hage Geingob on Tuesday handed more than 1 300 houses at Ehenye in the area of Oshakati under the Massive Urban Land Servicing Programme (MULSP) which represents continued investment in the development of Namibia and its people.
The MULSP was first launched in 2015, after a site visit by Dr. Geingob and then Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa. The implementation of the MULSP, started with three pilot towns of Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Oshakati.
According to Geingob, government remains committed to providing houses to the people andx the programme is not only for the purpose of creating a more prosperous Namibia, but also a happier and healthier Namibia. A Namibia in where the gift of housing will be available to all.
“We shall not stop until the sweeping wave of prosperity has uplifted all Namibians towards the shores of decent shelter, decent nutrition and decent standards of living,” said Geingob, adding that government is committed to ensuring that every citizen of this country attains access to decent and affordable housing.
Dr. Geingob explained that the Oshakati Town Council has taken great efforts in addressing the challenge of the housing backlog in Namibia.
The President stated that housing projects are not only expected to contribute to the continued development of infrastructure to Oshakati, but are also a means to provide employment opportunities for the people.
Speaking the same event, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga, said over the years the demand for land and housing in urban areas has been increasing, parallel to the growth in population and that at the moment the demand for housing exceeds the supply.
According to Mushelenga, the Oshakati Town Council is one of the most effective and efficient local authorities in Namibia, that have clear and robust plans for growth.
His remarks follows after, the council secured more land which is already planned for but is yet to be serviced, in the areas of Okaku Kiipupu Extension 1, 2, 3 and Proper, while Othingo which is planned for industrial development and consists of 350 erven, Onawa consist of 3 000 erven, Ompumbu consist of 1 647 erven and Ehenye portion 17 and 22 consist of 492.
“Indeed, this type of development is key to unlocking housing deals that support growth at a strategic level so that they’re not just delivering new homes but creating communities,” cited Mushelenga.
The minister noted that local authorities should be at the forefront of ensuring that they tackle the housing challenge in their respective towns.
The Oshakati Town Council thus has serviced more than 4 345 erven during the period of 2014-2017 alone, whereby a total of 273 erven has been serviced in Extension 16 /Okaku Kiipupu, 2 272 erven at Ekuku and 1 800 erven were serviced in Ehenye.