Uutoni hands over 50 houses at Omuthiya

Minister of Urban and Rural Development (MURD), Erastus Uutoni, handed over 50 houses constructed by the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto region on Monday. The construction of the houses commenced in July 2022 to October 2023, giving employment to 48 contractors. Utoni during the handover encouraged the nation to appreciate the government's efforts in developing the country and not only focus on the negative. 'People should be frank and take their time and analyse what the government is doing as it is something very praiseworthy. I am happy that the local authority is trying its best to ensure that land is provided and for the financial institutions that are coming in to support,' he said. The minister further encouraged civil servants to make use of the 20 per cent housing and transport allowance that was recently added to their salaries to buy houses. Both the local authorities and NHE are part of the same government serving the same people, and striving to achieve the sa me vision, he noted while calling on local authorities to help people so they make life easy for them and develop the country. NHE board chairperson, Toska Sem, said that they are ushering the 50 houses to lucky families as the NHE is mandated to build and finance quality and affordable housing products for Namibian inhabitants. She urged local authorities in the country to support NHE in allocating affordable land to the Enterprise. Maria Hannes, representing the beneficiaries, said that she is very excited to own a house after so many years of renting. 'I am very tired of renting so I am very grateful to my NHE salesperson for giving me a house that I have been longing for,' said Hannes. Source: The Namibian Press Agency