ONGWEDHIVA, FEB 26 – The Ongwediva Town Council (OTC) has completed the formalization of Omatando 1, 2 and 3 and the maps are readily available, according to town spokesperson Jackson Muma. First on the agenda, according to Muma, is that council will start with the compensation of traditional homesteads in the area.
Some N$ 10 million has been spent towards the process of formalizing the newly established township of Omatando, an amount that includes planning and surveying of the planned area.
“A total of eight extensions consisting of 2 287 plots has been identified in the area,” said Muma.
He further explained that since Omatando was proclaimed as part of the town in 2012, inhabitants have been up in arms over the issue of formalisation. However, since the process began in 2016, the council had nine meetings with them, which led to the conclusion of registration of existing identified structures.
Muma further noted that so far, traditional homesteads and their owners were not included in the processes as the council was busy identifying how many field lands are to be surveyed, in addition to the formulation of a budget for compensation.
“Residents, who wish to develop their properties are advised to consult the office for property verification in order to obtain site plans and prepare building plans for approval in line with the general plan,” said Muma.
He explained that the process of transfer of properties can only be done once all extensions are registered with the deed office and promulgated. – NDN Staffer