Angola: President Calls for Promotion of Directed Self-Construction

Ndalatando — The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, declared this Wednesday, in Ndalatando, that the great housing solution for the majority of the Angolan population is through directed self-construction instead of the construction of Centralities by the Government.

The Head of Angolan Government made this statement after visiting a project of directed self-construction in Quilometer 11, on the outskirts of the city of Ndalatando, in the province of Cuanza Norte, where he worked for two days.

For the President of the Republic, the illusion that the Centralities are the ones that will solve the housing problem should be left behind.

The State's responsibility, he said, involves building infrastructures, providing land, guaranteeing water and power, as well as creating incentives for each person to build his or her own residence.

"It is evident that there will be houses on the market, but there should be houses for everyone through directed self-construction," he said.

For this reason he said he hoped that other provincial governments would follow the example of Cuanza Norte. They should identify spaces for directed auto-construction and offer infrastructed land, avoiding construction under water lines, high tension lines and slopes, which put human lives at risk.

Governance of proximity

On the other hand, he expressed his interest in visiting all the provinces, without the programme being related to political campaign or pre-campaign, because it is a year away from the elections.

"The objective of the visit is proximity governance, in which on the spot we debate, with the local authorities, the main problems that afflict the populations of those provinces," he said.

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