Housing tops Local Government priorities

Housing tops Local Government priorities

MASERU – LOCAL Government Minister, Habofanoe Lehana, has laid out plans for his ministry, with housing and social amenities provision taking top priority.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Lehana said the ministry wants to implement the National Housing Policy adopted by the government starting from the last quarter of this financial year.
Lahana expressed concern at the lack of proper houses for poor people, saying most houses are dilapidated and poorly planned.
“Houses are placed haphazardly, without proper structures. The use of land is not properly regulated, there are taverns in between houses and people do not have peaceful places to rest their thoughts,” Lehana said.

The policy encompasses promoting housing as a national priority.
He said the Lesotho Housing, Land Development Corporation and private players could come in handy to assist poor people access decent housing.
“Increase private sector participation. Architects should be trained in order to avoid rondavels having small windows and be able to produce model drawings,” he said.
The minister said tap water was unavailable in most households, especially in rural areas.

“Implementation of decentralisation will result in district administrators and councillors performing crucial tasks in their communities,” Lehana said.
“From now on, the councillors will be trained until the next budget,” he said.

“For the council to operate well, the district administrator needs to be involved. There will be a 2022 Framework on Decentralisation and that law will be tabled in parliament again,” he said.
Lehana said Prime Minister Thomas Thabane indicated that poor services negatively affected economic development.
Massive road works will help alleviate unemployment, the minister said.

“Drainages require labour than machinery and that is why they will be used simultaneously.”

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