A year after a fire ravaged through Walvis Bay, the Otweya housing project is finally complete. Numerous inhabitants who had been displaced due to this incident can finally settle down again in their new homes. Also Read: Namibia set to construct and upgrade houses in Windhoek
The beneficiaries couldn’t cover their euphoria on Friday when President Hage Geingob gave them their new one-room houses at Walvis Bay’s Otweya settlement.
Around 153 families lost their shacks on 20 July last year in a mind-boggling fire that demolished their homes and resources. The fire also claimed the life of a one-year-old child at the then Twaloloka easygoing settlement in the town. Appropriately, these families lived in tents near the guideline road while the government assigned resources towards the Otweya housing project.
According to reports, the government gave N$43 million to the improvement of the houses. Standard Bank also stepped in to provide a further 21 houses for the project. Additionally, 21 houses are currently being built for the people who were displaced from the underlying rundown of fire casualties.
“I’m satisfied that after this shocking occurrence, we can meet today to participate in the giving over of these houses to the Otweya fire casualties, solidifying our obligation to resolve the issue of the decongestion of casual settlements, to give lodging to the majority, and to work on the occupations of our kin. We will proceed with this technique, and approach all neighbourhood specialists to help this drive by giving area where conceivable,” The president stated during the unveiling of the completed project.
The head of state added that the organization has reliably been for the progression of Namibia and its family as communicated in Vision 2030, the National Development Plans and the Harambee Prosperity Plans I and II.
The government has also put in effort in its plans to ensure that all Namibians approach the fundamental necessities for a respectable life like food, shelter, clothing, sanitization, tutoring and clinical benefits.
Meanwhile, the president connected with the Walvis Bay locale to consider naming a street to honour the 18-month-old fire casualty, Philipus Mandha.