Housing deficit to hit 3 million

ZAMBIA is facing a 1.3 million housing deficit which is projected to reach over 3 million by 2030, Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo has said.

Mr Kampyongo said the statistics shown in the 2010 Central Statistical report indicated that Government had a huge task in reducing the statistics.

He was speaking in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy Nicholas Banda at the official launch of the Lafarge Zambia, UN Green Jobs demonstration houses in Chilanga.

The programme is also sponsored by the Finnish and French governments and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for Zambia.

He said Government was ready to work with the private sector in finding a lasting solution to the housing deficit by constructing affordable housing units for the Zambian people.

The minister said the initiative by Lafarge supplemented Government’s efforts in reducing the housing deficit.

Mr Kampyongo also announced that his ministry had developed the sustainable green housing guidelines which were in line with the enacted Urban and Regional Planning Act No.3 of 2015.

“These guidelines will guide all local authorities as they regulate the construction of housing and other buildings. We are therefore proud to have Lafarge and Green jobs programme as part of Zambia’s response in constructing affordable houses,” he said.

Earlier, Lafarge Zambia chief executive officer Emmanuel Rigaux explained that the houses were built using unique technology which allowed people to build more affordable and sustainable houses.

Mr Rigaux said the technology used would not only provide sustainable houses but also create opportunities for small and medium enterprises in Zambia and the region.

“With this initiative construction technology we are working to improve the lives of a segment of the Zambian population by empowering them with houses,” he said.Political ideology

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