ADIN holds Conference on Infrastructuring and Human Settlements

ADIN holds Conference on Infrastructuring and Human Settlements
ADIN holds Conference on Infrastructuring and Human Settlements

Africa-Press – Mozambique. The Northern Development Agency (ADIN) is holding, from this Wednesday (29-11) to Friday (01-12), the First Regional Conference on Infrastructuring, Human Settlements and Improvement of Rural Housing in Northern Mozambique, in the city of Pemba, Cabo Delgado province.

The conference will bring together representatives of the governments of Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula provinces, along with national and international partners and other stakeholders, to discuss the future of housing in the northern region in the coming years.

The same meeting will see the launch of the ‘Oteka’ program (“oteka” means “to build” in Emakwa). Among other objectives, this program aims to promote the construction of resilient houses for rural communities in northern Mozambique.

The coordinator of ADIN’s Infrastructure Management Unit, Arlete Momade, told the media that the construction process would be led by the communities themselves, but the allocation of building materials (such as roofing sheets) would be carried out by ADIN. The agency wants the model of future rural housing in the north of the country to be the same as that implemented in Marrocane village, an IDP reception centre in Ancuabe district for families displaced by terrorist attacks.

According to Arlete Momadel, the Oteka program envisages the construction of 485 planned villages, corresponding to an equal number of families, and will improve the lives of around two million people out of just over ten million who live in the three northern provinces.

It will be recalled that, during the national liberation struggle, under the leadership of Samora Machel, Frelimo promoted communal villages in liberated areas, a construction model which included infrastructure planning which, in addition to streets, included space reserved for government infrastructure and sports.

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