Oshakati Mass Housing Project Underway

THE mass housing programme is progressing well despite budgetary constraints for the 201415 year, the governor of Oshana region, Clemens Kashuupulwa, has said.

Kashuupulwa made these remarks during the official opening of the Oshakati Totem Expo at Oshakati Independence Stadium on Friday.

“The development efforts are progressing well in the town, including the mass housing project the council is busy with now,” said Kashuupulwa.

The Oshakati town council has allocated N$290,6 million for capital projects for the 201415 financial year, while N$82,4 million was set aside as the operational budget.

Kashuupulwa said the council intends to build 2 000 houses at Ehenye and 2 000 at Ekuku. He also said Oshakati town has been lagging behind Ongwediva and Ondangwa in terms of housing development.

“I am sure more employment opportunities, especially for the young people, will be created through such property development. I want the contractors to start paying their workers better wages and not just to receive large chunks of money to feed themselves,” he stressed.

Kashuupulwa also urged emerging businesspeople in the north to develop the Oshakati open market.

The totem expo that commenced on 02 July, ended on Saturday. About 50 000 people from various towns around the country, including tourists, visited the expo. A total of 16 totem clans participated in this year’s expo.

The Oshakati town council’s public relations officer, Jackson Muma, could not say how much was allocated for the mass housing project.

“I do not know how much was allocated for the mass housing project but all I know is that the construction has commenced already,” said Muma.

Source : The Namibian