Angola: Scarcity of Financial Resources Conditions Housing Projects

Luanda — The secretary of State for Public Works, Carlos Alberto dos Santos, declared last Thursday, in Luanda, that the lack of financial robustness conditioned the execution of the government's project, called "200 houses in each municipality of Angola".

In a complementary way and with the impossibility of all urban centres having satellites cities, he said that a programme was drafted for the municipalities, which could provide goods and services to meet the needs of each location, with a view to reducing housing shortage and providing better conditions of service and accommodation.

In an interview with the National Radio of Angola (RNA), the official stressed that based on data from 164 municipalities, at the time of the projection, the programme that covered 130 municipalities of the country, a total of 26.000 homes are being built.

"The balance that is made, of the 26.000 housing project, we've only reached about 12.000 houses, we are talking about 45 percent of what was predicted", he said.

He added that under this programme some housing surveys were carried out in many provinces, and many have a 70 to 80 percent level of execution, which with some injection of funds could be completed.

"The great defence that is being made today is to be able to help the provincial governments in this sense by actually surveying which and how many houses exist in this area and trying within the provincial budget itself to identify what are the priorities that can be made, so that the houses can be a reality in the coming years", he stressed.

Regarding the satellite cities , he said that when the national urbanism and housing programme was defined and approved, responsibilities were defined at four levels, first the responsibility of the State, the responsibility of the private sector, the responsibility of the social cooperative sector and the responsibility of the citizen through the supervised private-construction programme.

Regarding the responsibility of the State, he informed that 31 satellites cities have been projected across the country.

Of these, he said, some are ready and inhabited at almost 100 percent, with Kilamba, kk5000, Sequele and Zango 5 as examples.

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