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‘Special session on housing, 1st step to solving lingering problem’ Need to build consensus among lawmakers: Al-Ghanim

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 13, (KUNA): National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said the holding of a special parliament session on housing on Thursday is just a first step towards solving this lingering problem. “To solve this issue once and for all needs building consensus among the lawmakers and developing a radical approach to it which requires more time,” he told reporters following the session. “Many lawmakers raised helpful suggestions during today’s session.

The parliamentary committee on housing invited all MPs to attend its meeting to explain their views in detail and prepare for the next parliament session on the issue,” Al- Ghanim said. He voiced optimism about solving the problem given the resolve of MPs to press the government into combining efforts and meeting the aspirations of the people in this regard even ahead of the current legislative term. Al-Ghanim noted that he understands the frustration of youth applicants for housing units, urging them to believe in “the sincere efforts” being made by the legislative and executive authorities.

He commended the suggestion of MPAdnan Abdulsamad for convening a meeting by the parliamentary committee on budgets and balance sheets in the presence of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah and Chairman of the State Audit Bureau to debate the SAB’s notes on balance sheets. During the session, the parliament called on Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Minister of State for Housing Affairs Salem Al- Utheina to commit himself to the time-schedule for giving housing units to applicants.

The MPs agreed that the minister should brief the parliament during the coming special session on the efforts being made by his ministry and the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) for launching shareholding companies to construct new cities pursuant to the relevant laws. They called on the concerned state bodies to work together for removing all obstacles facing the appropriation of state land to the construction of housing projects. The coming special session, due on Dec 24, is scheduled to discuss the measures to be made by the ministries of oil, defense, and electricity and water to cede more state land to PAHW as per Act 39, 2010.

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