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The administrator of Gaza province’s Bilene district, Matias Albino Parruque, has granted land to deputies of the Youth Office of the Assembly of the Republic, the country’s parliament.
Located in the administrative post of Chichango near Bilene beach, the 40 plots of land, 30 metres by 40 metres, were granted to a total of 40 deputies.
A parliamentary press release received on Sunday 10 December 10 by AIM quotes Parruque as saying that the process of allocating parcels of land for housing there aimed to reduce the pressure that Bilene beach municipality felt in the search for plots.
Parruque said that the area could be a city in the future, since in addition to residences and social infrastructure, it hopes to house a health institute.
“The space is close to the village of Macia and to Bilene beach,” said Parruque, adding that the project would encompass two thousand plots the same size, of which a thousand were already in the process of being parcelled out.
The First Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic, António José Amélia, called on local authorities to accelerate the distribution of plots, especially to young Mozambicans.
“To the parliamentarians who have been allocated land plots today (Saturday), we hope, soon, to see infrastructure in the same place”, Amélia said, challenging local, provincial and central administrative authorities, especially the Fund for Housing Development, to roll out housing for young people.
José Amélia noted that land distribution had been taking place throughout the country.
“We understand that there should be greater activity. If we take into account that “quem casa quer casa” [those who marry want a house], young couples should not always be disappointed by the pace of housing policies,” he said.
According to the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, the task of providing housing for every young couple could not be seen as the task only of government entities.
“It involves personal engagement and planning from the beginning, of saving so that at the time of the project implementation you have enough to start married life,” he said.
According to Amélia, local, provincial and central authorities can fulfill their role, but these will never be enough if there is no delivery by society as a whole.
The assignment of land to the young members of parliament was part of a retreat that they carried out in Gaza.
During the retreat, the young MPs expressed an interest in working with organisations that deal with the objectives of Mozambican youth, with a focus on the housing problem, as a way of lending greater dynamism to solving the problems of this social group.
The one-day event, held under the motto of the BIZ Generation Program: Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Human Rights of Adolescents and Young People, aimed to reflect on the institutional strengthening of mechanisms among the different players who, in their daily lives, seek to promote, advocate and strengthen the implementation of the youth policy.Source: AIM Moçambique