By Christopher Chisi
President Edgar Lungu has launched the “Buy a Brick Campaign” with an assurance that provision of decent housing for the poor and vulnerable people remains a priority to the government.
The campaign is an initiative aimed at constructing 1000 houses for the poor people across the country.
The President is however concerned that rapid population growth over the years has resulted in the majority of people living in poor housing conditions both in the rural and urban area.
“It is, for this reason, we have recognized housing development, in both rural and urban areas, as a means of reducing developmental equalities and increasing access to decent housing for all in the Seventh National Development Plan,” the Head of State said.
“We are, therefore, implementing two strategies aimed at improving access to decent housing, that is the strategy aimed at promoting Integrated Rural Development and the strategy on promoting Urban and Per-urban Economies.”
Officiating the launch in Chibombo district of Central province , President Lungu expressed confidence that citizens across the country will fully support the initiative once it is launched in their district.
Speaking earlier Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister, Vincent Mwale disclosed that the ministry has finalized the reviewing of the 1996 national housing policy which he said he will be presenting to cabinet for consideration this quarter.
“The Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development is now focusing on the establishment of housing funds which will be used for mobilizing resources for housing development in the country, development of tens homes for the aged across the country which will serve as social hosing among others.”He explained.
And People’s Process on Housing and Poverty in Zambia, Country Coordinator, Nelson N’cube disclosed that they have helped over 1000 households to build houses across the country and over 36 thousand have benefited from their livelihood support program.
Meanwhile Stanbic bank Zambia Chief Executive Officer, Leina Gabaraane said the bank has been supporting various sectors of the economy such as agriculture, mining and energy apart from being a financial service provider.