Govt to involve TVETs in affordable housing projects

Jared Buoga, State Department for Housing and Urban Development Nyanza Regional Director. He has revealed that TVETs will be involved in affordable housing projects across the country.

The government intends to incorporate TVET institutions in affordable housing programmes that have been lined up by the government.

This was said by State Department for Housing and Urban Development Nyanza Regional Director Jared Buoga, who averred that TVETs will be used in drawing and designing of structures and offering technical support services to affordable housing projects across the country.

Speaking in Kisumu, Buoga said the government puts a lot of emphasis on the development of TVETs, hence the decision to involve them in that noble venture.

Additionally, he said, the projects are expected to create employment opportunities for locals during the construction phase, further stimulating economic growth in areas where they are being constructed.

Earlier, Buoga revealed that Kisumu City is set for a transformative housing revolution following the unveiling of the Ksh5.2 billion Lumumba Estate under the affordable housing programme.

This comes after the demolition of old houses at the pre-independence estate, bringing to an end 63-year existence of the primeval buildings.

The project will see over 1,600 units developed to bridge the shortage of houses in the area.

Buoga said the project will have a mix of social housing and affordable housing, with a section of the estate offered for sale at market rates.

He said the contractor who is on site has been given 18 months to complete the project after which the government will gazette the rates for acquiring the units.

“This is a fixed contract project and there will be no variations. Therefore the contractor is expected to deliver the project between 18-24 months,” he said.

Also underway, he said, is the construction of ultra-modern markets at Kisian, Mowlem and Muhoroni, with contractors given up to four months to complete.

Buoga challenged area residents to take advantage of the initiative and make voluntary savings through Boma Yangu in order to raise the required deposit to qualify for the units once they are completed.

He revealed that the team will also collect views from members of the public in Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii and Nyamira, with the input expected to be considered alongside that from other parts of the country before the regulations are tabled in the National Assembly on April 30, 2024.

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