Government Calls For Partnership With Private Sector To Address Housing Deficit

Government Calls For Partnership With Private Sector To Address Housing Deficit

By Spy Uganda

Kampala: The government has called for partnership with the private sector through the Ministry of Lands to address the housing deficit that the country is currently grappling with.


While opening the construction sector dialogue at UMA head office in Lugogo yesterday November 30, Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of Lands revealed the need to collaborate and address the challenge of housing deficit which needs serious attention.


According to Nabakoona, Uganda has a housing deficit estimated at 2.4 million units.


“We need to develop appropriate designs and technologies to address the housing shortage. The deficit should be seen as a market for construction materials under the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) arrangement,” Nabakooba said.

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Nabakooba also condemned the increasing environmental degradation which she said scares away probable investors to establish development structures on the land.


She asked for measures to be undertaken to ensure that environment issues are taken care of.


“The fragmentation of land discourages investors who are looking for bigger portions of land at affordable prices. This needs to be given a serious thought if our industry is to realise its full potential in the development of our country,” she noted.


The environmental degradation according to her is pioneered by real estate or construction sector players and is estimated at 40 percent.


“I urge sector players to undertake internal self-regulation mechanisms of ensuring that environmental issues are taken seriously and protected. If we do not preserve our environment, we shall not be able to realize the desired economic breakthrough,” she added.


The minister noted that land speculation and fragmentation also need serious attention. She revealed that this is mainly promoted by real estate players.


She further explained that speculation tends to discourage investment in land because it puts the price of land abnormally high.


Nabakooba pledged the government’s commitment to ensure that the policy on environment is improved such that the voices and interests of investors are well taken care of at all levels.


“Government is prioritizing investment in critical infrastructure projects such as roads, power generation, airports and investment capital through Uganda Development Bank. All these will ensure that the sector players in construction realize their potential and return on investment in a timely manner.” she said.


The construction industry contributes over 12 percent of Uganda’s gross domestic product (GDP) and has witnessed steady growth for the last 20 years.

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