By Felix Andrew
WATER, road infrastructure, electricity service providers and real estate developers have been asked to cut down some of their costs to enable more Tanzanians to own houses.
Speaking to the Azania Post in an exclusive interview ,Geofrey Munyaga, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of National Housing and Building Research Agency (NHBRA) said a strong coordination is needed by both parties to enable Tanzanians own affordable houses.
“ There should be a coordination between the service provision authorities such as DAWASCO (water), TANESCO (electricity) and Municipal councils (Roads) with the Housing provision/real estate developers in order to cut down some of the costs the housing/real estate developers have to pay”, he said..
According to him the said services always increase the prices of the houses hence deny most Tanzanian to own due to high cost involved in construction.
He suggested for more research and knowledge transfer on affordable housing materials, techniques and technologies.
The government should subsidize housing projects especially in rural areas where most of the citizen are poor, he said.
He also urged the government to remove VAT on building material saying such move would reduce cost solve the housing problem.
He said that is due to fact that most of the citizen are poor that they cannot afford the modern building materials.
This is why it is important to do more research and training on affordable locally available building materials
Experts say the problem of housing in Tanzania, like in many other developing countries, has been increasing rapidly mainly due to high rate of population and fast pace of urbanization.
With an average of 2.8 percent annual growth rate, a Dar Es Salaam-based Building Research Unit (BRU), says Tanzania is one of the mostly rapidly growing countries in Africa.
According Tanzania Building agency the country is facing a housing deficit of three million units for civil servants.
Two years ago the World Bank committed to provide US$60m to fund affordable housing in Tanzania. The funds will go towards the country’s mortgage market. Last year, the country signed a US$ 550m concessional loan agreement with the Chinese Government, in order to see through construction of 12,000 new housing units for the military.