National Housing Authority (NHA) executive chairperson Francis Ndilila said the housing body is rebranding to enable it provide affordable housing and commercial space despite the various economic challenges.
Dr Ndilila was speaking yesterday at a press briefing.
“NHA has rebranded and repositioned itself in order to be able to perform its functions and achieve its mandate of delivering more affordable housing and adequate housing and commercial space,” he said.
To do this, Dr Ndilila said the NHA was building its research and development units with modern technology.
The technologies are aimed at cutting costs and time, hence reducing the selling prices of housing units.
He said the data would be very crucial in informing Government on housing policy formulation and implementation.
Meanwhile, Government has called on Zambians to support local firms engaged in building materials to enable them deliver cheap materials, which would enable citizens build houses affordably.
Justice deputy Minister Keith Mukata expressed disappointment that some Zambians opted to source building materials abroad even when the products could be found locally at affordable prices.
“Consume your own products, support your local team and promote your team, buy Zambian and be proud that you can produce what you use,” he said.
Mr Mukata said this yesterday during the official handover of a house to the Lafarge Zambia, Hot FM Dream House challenge-competition winner, Sam Banda who walked away with a fully furnished house in Chilanga.
Mr Mukata, the Member of Parliament for Chilanga, said Government was committed to ensuring that Zambians had quality and affordable houses. – (Times of Zambia)
By HELLEN TEMBO and MELBOURNE MUSHITU –