Wasit province to build 24,000 housing units for the poor

A worker examines a pillar at a construction site in Wasit. [Mahmoud al-Mulhim/Mawtani]

A worker examines a pillar at a construction site in Wasit. [Mahmoud al-Mulhim/Mawtani]

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Wasit provincial officials on September 10th signed a contract with Al-Radhwan State Company -a branch of Iraq's Ministry of Industry and Minerals- to build housing projects for the province's poor families.

"This plan is one of the strategic projects adopted by the local government, and includes building 24,000 housing units for the poor, widows and orphans who reside in the province," Wasit governor Mahdi Hussein Khalil al-Zubaidi said in a press statement.

The project will be implemented in every district and sub-district according to population density, he said. In the first phase of the project, 800 houses, each with an area of 85 square metres, will be built in al-Kut, the capital of the province, as will a school and a mosque, according to al-Zubaidi.

These housing units will be built in less than a year according to the latest international specifications and standards, he said.

"There is an important segment of people which has been given top priority by the province, namely the poor, the widows and the orphans," Haidar Jassim, Wasit's deputy governor, told Mawtani. "The most important thing to provide for them is adequate housing."

Jassim said the project will begin in al-Kut and al-Suwaira, and other areas will follow.

"The local government in Wasit is moving ahead with building low-cost housing, to include all those in need of such housing across the province, such as the poor, the widows and the orphans who have suffered much from inadequate housing conditions," he said.

The local government set aside 80 billion Iraqi dinars ($69 million) from the money allocated to the province under the region's development scheme to build these housing complexes, he said.

Repairing damage

"The low-cost housing project will help Wasit eliminate random housing construction," Mahmoud Abdul Ridha, chairman of the provincial council, told Mawtani.

"Random construction spread in the districts and towns of the province, and is considered outside urban planning and therefore trespasses on government land," Abdul Ridha said.

"It is known that the phenomenon of random construction [can be attributed to] poor families who are unable to buy and build on regular residential land, so they resort to such actions that distort the features of the city," he said.

"Therefore, the province decided to pay attention to this segment by providing them with alternative housing to enable them to live in orderly and civilised houses," Abdul Ridha said.

"In support of this project, the Wasit provincial council allocated 250 million Iraqi dinars ($215,000) to establish a factory that manufactures construction blocks, which will be used to build the houses," he said.

Waleed Abed Kassim, member of the local council in al-Hay district, echoed Abdul Ridha's sentiment.

"Random construction projects have inflicted serious damage on the province," he said.

"Because these houses were built in violation of construction guidelines, they have inflicted damage on the environment, by way of the random sewage systems these families created, as well their illegal connection to electricity and water distribution networks," Kassim said, adding that these violations bring detriment to other citizens.

"As officials responsible for our districts in the local council, we submitted a number of proposals and raised the problems of these citizens to find solutions for them," Kassim said.

"We are not pushing for their eviction because they are citizens and have committed no fault in being poor or being unable to provide suitable housing for their families," he added.

Kassim said that while the decision to support this segment of the population is perhaps overdue, the announcement of the housing project made him very happy.

Relieving burden

Khedhr al-Shammary told Mawtani he was forced to live in a house built on state property in al-Kut because of his poverty.

"We are 32 poor families living in these demolished buildings, which used to be headquarters for some Iraqi army unit," he said. "We are always repairing the ceilings, and the walls are about to crumble down."

"I am unable to work because of a chronic ailment in the kidneys. I used to work in construction, and had a comfortable rented house to live in, but six years ago, I moved my family into these demolished buildings because I was unable to work and meet the requirements of life in full," he said.

"If the local government provided me and my family with housing under the new project, I believe many of my burdens would be gone and my children would be able to do their school homework properly," al-Shammary said.

"The walls of this building are tearing apart, the ceiling is made from metal and my children are always doing temporary repairs in order to create a proper study environment for themselves."

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    عباس احمد

    2012-10-29

    Iraq is in need of many housing projects to take the first steps in development and to recompense the families who lost their homes from the terrorist operations and to provide them with a good life.

  • ناصر احمد

    2012-10-29

    Iraq is one of the countries that suffered a lot because it went through a lot of difficult stages but, with the help of God, Iraq made it through these stages and is now at a stage of building, constructing and developing the country, so the Iraqi government must do a lot of housing projects and start building and constructing the country.

  • ابراهيم ناصر

    2012-10-29

    Iraq needs a lot of prosperous projects to solve a lot of problems and most importantly employ the youth in these projects, such that it becomes possible for Iraq to eliminate the majority of the unemployment problem it faces.

  • عبد الله محمد

    2012-10-29

    Iraq is now in a state of building a country, in a state of prosperity, building and construction, after it went through the worst days of its history during Sadam Hussein’s time and after the Americans entered the country and looted and drained its oil resources little by little. After the departure of the last American soldier from Iraq, Iraq began taking steady steps towards development and after much destruction and demolition; Iraq now needs time to rebuild what has been destroyed from citizens’ houses to public facilities, in order to provide them with a good living and compensate them for the days of injustice and corruption and for their lost resources that were seized, for if the work towards providing a good life for the citizens and meeting their demands is completed, it’ll lead to society’s development. If the individuals are comfortable, then they will put more effort in building, advancing and developing the society because their minds are clear of worries about their basic needs and they begin to think of developing society. So the government must build many houses for the sons of the country and meet their basic needs because development in the country will begin through providing a safe and stable house and a job for providing basic needs. Creating many housing projects leads to solving many of the problems as these projects need working hands, which solves a part of the unemployment problem. Houses will be provided for many citizens and this will solve the issue of slums provide a good life for citizens, and prevente the slums’ problem from getting bigger and the spreading of sickness and diseases.

  • عبدالله سلمان

    2012-10-26

    The government made a lot of effort in the reconstruction of Iraq and it is working hard for the advancement of Iraq and its people by paying attention to the infrastructure and the establishing construction projects. I look forward to seeing more construction projects and that the government expands in setting up projects and opens more investment projects that will make Iraq stand in the ranks of advanced countries in terms of construction.

  • عباس احمد

    2012-10-26

    The construction and housing sector is a vital and important sector that needs to be sustained, renewed and built continuously as a result of the constantly increasing natural population growth in Iraq. This requires urgent need by the Iraqi state to plan this important humanitarian field that affects people's lives directly in order to provide comfortable housing for the citizens because housing is a popular demand that is shouldered primarily by the Iraqi state, and the role of government in the planning and execution of major projects is to pay attention to this dynamic sector and make it their priority. This requires the responsible authorities to plan and put programs for construction projects for the provision of adequate and convenient housing for the Iraqi people, which is commensurate with the population growth.

  • خليل ابراهيم

    2012-10-25

    We demand that the Iraqi government establish a lot of construction projects for the citizens; it must establish large residential projects in order to find solutions to the housing crisis in Iraq, which is more than 30 years old. The Iraqi citizens have suffered because of this problem which had clear negative repercussions on the future of the Iraqi family, where the main reason for the separation of many families is due to lack of access to a place to live, leading families to increase social problems for the government. Helping companies create housing units with varying sizes and prices for the citizens, delivering those units as installments, supporting the Iraqi funds for housing, allowing it to provide for citizens who need the loans to build their homes. Stating the process of developing housing policies and housing finance, in addition to the preparation of the laws that foster investment and financing in the housing sector to provide better incentives and support the private housing sector investment. Establishing the Mortgage Investment Authority in the private sector and facilitating housing loans to citizens will help to alleviate the problem.

  • احمد هلال

    2012-10-25

    We demand that the Iraqi government works on the establishment of housing projects that will help solve the housing problem in the state of Iraq and the Iraqis. Solving the housing problem will show a new process and development of the Iraqi state, that is, building and construction. Building and constructing residential buildings and the construction process helps as a fast breeder for jobs and in the spread of positive impacts of work and employment. Also, having houses adjacent to work will lead to a lot of positive effects for workers and employees as it will provide large amounts of money that might be spent on transport from the place of residence to the place of work. The construction process is a developmental process which cannot be achieved by the policies with which the Iraqi government is dealing now because the Iraqi government is responding to the demand side only and not by aspects of supply and demand and the preferences between them. In the circumstances that Iraq is in now, these circumstances have shown the ineffectiveness of the tools which the Iraqi government might work with, because they cause bottlenecks and inflationary pressures and that is more than stimulating the foundation of new energies in the fields of construction. So I ask the Iraqi government to discover the facts necessary for fast moves to take all the measures from the side of supply, beginning with the industry of construction materials and the different construction methods, assisting and encouraging the establishment of capable companies, and sound employment. As for the companies, they must suit the display size and its organization, technology, and capital.

  • محمد نصر الدين

    2012-10-25

    The housing problem is one of the most important problems facing the Iraqi people over the long decades of the past years, which is increasing year after year due to the lack of developing the solutions that will contribute to solving this problem at least partially, because providing adequate housing for the Iraqi people is one of the duties and responsibilities of the state as it is one of the vital requirements of living for the members of the community. That sector also has a significant impact in stimulating and motivating a large number of other economic activities related to it and that will move the wheel of economic development in the country through providing adequate financial support to the Iraqi government to take role in achieving this noble objective. There are plenty of solutions that lead to getting rid of this problem and achieving the convenience of the people by taking into account applying justice among the people in a fair and transparent way. The concerned governmental institutions must do a field survey of the population to identify the actual need for housing that leads to self-sufficiency at the present time in addition to developing other plans that ensure providing houses to people in the future and to develop studies that determine the spaces of houses and follow the vertical construction method in order to accommodate the largest possible number of families and at the same time because of the low-cost of these houses.

  • جلال احمد

    2012-10-25

    The importance of having building projects and residential complexes is that they will have positive social implications as they will provide houses and services to beneficiaries and help to solve the housing problem. These housing projects will have a significant impact on the movement of construction and reconstruction in the country and provide jobs for thousands of labor suffering from unemployment and lacking access to the opportunity to work, which has led to frustration and social hatred by these people who suffer from poverty. The investment movement in the country will have a significant impact in strengthening the infrastructure of the Iraqi economy and will be one of the most important factors in improving the security situation and getting rid of the problems and crimes that are occurring in the country, which are mostly caused by unemployment and psychological pressures on the citizen who bear despair and did not find a way out of it, so they fell into the clutches of crime and terrorism which are plaguing the country. It is the duty of the Iraqi government that it should establish many housing projects.

  • كمال حسن

    2012-10-24

    Housing represents everything for us. Is there anyone among us who can live homeless? It is the right of the Iraqis!

  • خليل ابراهيم

    2012-10-24

    Construction projects in Iraq now represent a great interest for the Iraqis by the government and head of the country because everyone knows the importance of housing for anyone in the world. Therefore, they should bother about housing schemes and they should also pay attention to providing employment opportunities for the people of Iraq. Now, the project exists, but the young Iraqis cannot find jobs in these projects. It is better that the youth of Iraq find job opportunities in these projects because they would be very interested and would also benefit the project significantly. This is better than bringing young people from abroad to work in these projects instead of the sons of Iraq who deserve every inch in Iraq and this is their right.

  • جاسم محمد العمران

    2012-10-24

    We now see Iraq moving towards a lot of architectural projects. This, of course, is in order to give the Iraqi people their rights. We also see that most of the young people of Iraq are unemployed, i.e., they cannot find work whether because of the lack of jobs basically or because the Iraqi people are unfamiliar with science due to their own circumstances. Since the projects are established now in Iraq, which do not need highly educated people or need certain and specific qualities, it is natural that the young Iraqi people deserve to work on these projects. Thus, Iraq would solve two problems, which are the problem of housing and the problem of unemployment. If there are jobs that need high certificates, experience or others, Iraq must look for these required qualifications or functions within Iraq itself so as to help its people. If there is no place for jobs, it is very important that Iraq build projects, either housing or others, to provide job opportunities for many people of Iraq and this is their right. This is a sort of compensation for the Iraqi people for what had happened to them regarding the torture, murder, burnings, and many others. Therefore, the Iraqi Government should do its best now and employ the youth in the new housing projects. After this, they should consider other projects and other job opportunities. They must provide employment opportunities for women, too.

  • عبدالجليل علي عبدالله

    2012-10-24

    The duty of the government of Iraq is to provide them with any housing projects because it provides them a decent life and provides them with safety.

  • حسين نزار

    2012-10-24

    Certainly, it is necessary that the Iraqi Government should pay greater attention to housing projects in Iraq because after Iraq had undergone too many wars and terrorism which have resulted in a lot of losses, the most important is the collapse of most buildings and homes in Iraq until a lot of Iraqis cannot find homes or places where they can live. The right of the Iraqi people is to find population projects in order to compensate people for what they had lost during the wars and the other violent acts that have affected them. At the moment, of course, the numbers of births is increasing, which leads to the increase of the number of citizens not only in Iraq, but also in all countries. However, we are facing special cases in Iraq regardless of the citizen having the right to find a place to live in safely with his family so as not to resort to the streets or other places. The least human right is to find a house. We ask the Iraqi Government to pass laws and licenses for housing projects for the people. Therefore, it will bring more than one gain, not only one gain as it will provide houses for the people and at the same time it will make financial gains. It is natural that the financial gains are simple, meaning it will be very little so as to suit the conditions of the Iraqi people, and what happened to them from losses, collapse, and burning. This is their right.

  • حبيب عبدالله

    2012-10-24

    It is very useful and fruitful for Iraq to implement many housing projects on its land to help in reconstructing the country step by step. It is also important that the State takes advantage of that and sheds the light on the Iraqi youth who fall victims to the unemployment that destroys their dreams in the future. When the State trains the youth and employs them in these projects as well as works on turning them into productive labor, it will decrease the high unemployment rates. When we implement projects, we should be keen on the multiple aspects of their usefulness for all. If we look at the housing project, we will find that it will provide new jobs to get use of their energies well instead of falling in deviation and wrong as well as the bad behaviors. Then, the country has shared in preserving the youth from the fire of extremism and deviation. It will not leave them to be lost but it will help them to find jobs that are suitable for their abilities to make use of their energies to take their first steps to make their lives and futures from the other side. It will also help in providing new houses for the people to solve a part of the problem of population that is in all countries and also to help in solving the problem of crowding in the big cities in the country as well as to redistribute the people in the new cities.

  • خليل محمد

    2012-10-24

    It is worthwhile to direct the efforts of Iraq to establish housing projects. As we know, the Iraqis lost many things and suffered from tragedies and horror for many years which led to the displacement of many people who lost their future. Therefore, the government should compensate them through new housing units as well as establishing residential projects that will contribute significantly to solving the problem of marriage for the youth as the housing projects are the biggest challenges for the young Iraqis at the beginning of their lives. As such, the government should exert all efforts to implement these projects significantly to ensure the rights of the people to live in a suitable place despite the displacement and loss that they live in because it is the right of every person to have a place to preserve his humanity as well as his family, children, and their future. The concerned authorities of these projects and the Ministry of Housing should prepare necessary statistics in order to have estimated ratios for the number of the homeless people and the young people who should have houses. By doing this, we can make plans for these projects to control over these two issues with high percentage. These are the rights of the citizen and the duties of the State.

  • علي محمد

    2012-10-24

    Real-estate investment in Iraq is among the best resources to generate high income in addition to other jobs for the youth.

  • ابراهيم كاظم

    2012-10-24

    The housing projects are one of the economic projects that can achieve the progress and development of the State of Iraq. We need to establish as many housing projects as possible to accommodate the population.

  • صادق علي

    2012-10-23

    Building housing projects in Iraq is one of the most important economic activities and Iraq must invest in the real-estate sector because this is one of the resources that strengthen the State and its economic abilities. Iraq is full of the tourist locations and investment areas where real estate projects can thrive. Based on this, we would say to the Iraqi Government that it has many opportunities in the coastal locations, whether on the Arab Gulf or the Tigris and Euphrates, which are among the most important and oldest tourist resources, and they formed the basis of many civilizations. We also know that Iraq has many tourist locations where hotels and tourist villages improve housing, which attracts the foreign tourist. There is no doubt that there is a necessity to start working on satisfying the simple Iraqi citizens through building houses by the government to protect them from the poverty, humiliation and deprivation from which they have been suffering for many years. The housing projects are signs of progress and advancement, which allows all the Iraqis to get good employment opportunities and to enjoy the social solidarity and employing the Iraqi workforce. These projects are very significant economically and it keeps the youth away from terrorism. The Iraqi Government must realize this because the wars have destroyed all the financial abilities of the Iraqis. The culture of progress of the Iraqi people goes forward. For example, we find that in Malaysia they were living in cottages, but it now has many skyscrapers and smart houses to meet all the needs of the citizens.

  • رياض صدقي

    2012-10-20

    Planning for residential projects which help to give citizens Iraq hostels and homes should be considered in haste and quickly by officials in the State of Iraq as well as the current government because most of the people of Iraq have been subjected to and were seriously affected by the war conducted by the foreign troops and the U.S. which destroyed all the land of Iraq from houses to public and private properties that have been flattened. The process of development, which the honored country needs, starts by removing the effects of destruction and rebuilding Iraq, and helping the homeless to access shelter that will save their rights and their humanity which they are entitled to, and which was stolen from them without guilt. Therefore, the reconstruction of Iraq remains one of the main requirements.

  • عبد الله زهران

    2012-10-20

    It is necessary for the current government in Iraq to establish lots and lots of residential projects, which will help in the reconstruction of Iraq anew, particularly after the effects of destruction that have been seen in many parts of the country, and its suburbs. Consequently, large numbers of the Iraqi people have been displaced, homeless, or are without homes to protect them from the summer heat and winter cold, for no reason or offense they committed, but because they hold Iraqi citizenship and live in the land of Iraq. Therefore, we must save these great people who have endured the toughest kinds of suffering during the occupation of the foreign forces of the great State of Iraq, after what these people witnessed regarding different sorts of torture and terrorism that cannot be counted or endured. Hence, we urge the Iraqi Government to start working on these projects.

  • يوسف لطفي

    2012-10-20

    There are lots of ways to help the Iraqi government in the construction of residential projects and construction inside Iraq that must be followed in a hurry.

  • جودت مسعود

    2012-10-20

    All Arabs inside and outside of Iraq should help Iraq and invest in it, especially in the housing projects. We must all try to promote it again.

  • خالد حمدان

    2012-10-20

    Residential projects are the most important development and prosperity projects needed by the State of Iraq, so they are in severe need of these projects.

  • لي عوفي

    2012-10-20

    Carrying out residential projects inside Iraq is one of the largest projects most needed by the Iraqi people, especially since most of them were exposed to homelessness after the war waged by the American occupation forces for nearly ten years, causing many installations of residential and public facilities that serve citizens to collapse. There are also pictures of devastation including all parts of Iraq. Therefore, the first steps of advancement in Iraq after the heavy losses which it suffered are that the Iraqi Government should study a lot of projects that provide apartments for the citizens which meet their needs, as well as the prices which are suitable for everyone because we do not deny that the devastation and destruction that occurred in Iraq included a lot of special projects and shops and caused hundreds or even thousands of Iraqis to lose their sources of livelihood and strength. Therefore, they need to find private houses suitable for them. Iraq is now in dire need of those who can support those residential projects by any means, whether technical support through drawings and studies that these projects need or in the form of funding, such as donating money, land and investment to these projects. Moreover, anyone who wants to help the State of Iraq in restoring its originality and glory must try to offer all he can.

  • عارف موسى

    2012-10-20

    The Iraqi Government must realize the importance of establishing housing projects in Iraq because of what happened to those buildings as a result of the criminal terrorism which was working on targeting the Iraqi people, and attempting to impose its control and horror on them, and that the idea of the projects of building houses stems from the need of the country and society for housing projects, especially after the economic recession experienced by our country, Iraq, and what accompanied that period of destruction of the infrastructure of the country as well as the random migration of its population due to strife and sectarian conflicts, in addition to terrorism. As we mentioned earlier, all these factors led to the low standard of living, the construction, and the development of civilization in the country. The government of Iraq must work on the renewal, as well as work and plan to build those housing projects which are considered to be a social and healthy necessity to reduce the pressure and overpopulation in the country, and work to remove and reduce stress, which occurred on the population due to wars and crises experienced by Iraq. We must encourage and work on the mighty move, and look forward to being better and better. We must also work to produce more of these housing projects and urban service, and the development of Iraq. The evolution in the construction boom will influence Iraq greatly, which Iraq has missed for many years.

  • هاشم أحمد

    2012-10-20

    The housing projects will provide a lot of houses in Iraq so that the citizens can live and in order to give the aesthetic look of Iraq which it had lost a long time ago.

  • زياد حسين سعيد

    2012-10-20

    The importance of the housing projects in Iraq lies in solving many of the crises of the Iraqi people, especially since they were exposed to deprivation because of the terrorist acts that have damaged many of the houses of the Iraqi people, as if it came to Iraq for that target only. Therefore, the Iraqi Government must work to return the Iraqi citizens' rights again and enable an appropriate atmosphere for life to return to what it was before.

  • أحمد ناصر

    2012-10-20

    After the Iraqi war, a lot of houses that were inhabited by citizens were devastated, so the government should repair those homes that have been exposed to serious damage, and work on repairing them because it is very expensive to rebuild them. Therefore, it is the duty of the Iraqi Government to work on the reconstruction of the houses that were exposed to destruction and ruin. The Iraqi Government must be working quickly to rebuild Iraq and find houses needed by the citizens in order to be inhabited, especially since many Iraqis cannot find adequate houses in order to live safely, away from the factors that could threaten their stability. The Iraqi Government should work to increase the projects that can contribute to give the opportunity for the young people to work in these projects and at the same time encourage the young people to build houses that they want for themselves. The Iraqi Government must do its duty towards the citizens and provide the means for a better future for them. The Iraqi Government has done a lot of business in order to return Iraq to what it was in the past. The Iraqi Government is working to provide all the ways for the success of these projects for a better Iraq.

  • خليل رجب

    2012-10-15

    The real estate investment is considered to be among the resources that will make Iraq capable of standing against economic difficulties.

  • حسن أحمد

    2012-10-15

    The Iraqi government should establish many housing projects in order to help the people reach stability, as they need the government's attention.

  • جاسم محمد

    2012-10-15

    Young people in Iraq are a double-edged sword. They can help in prosperity and the political, cultural, and civilization progress and also may be a black curse on Iraq by exploiting them physically and intellectually for criminal and terrorist acts to be terrorist individuals without knowing that they are involved in these thoughts and actions. The government should get benefits from the power of young people in the economic and national projects as well making use of the suppressed capabilities of the Iraqi youth and using them in the modern construction projects of the state. The minds of the Iraqis should be developed and we should make use of their energy in all fields. They can be used in agriculture and to increase the agricultural areas as well as in the field of tourism to work on the establishments that have been destroyed and make use of the university graduates to clean the Iraqi streets and help the country in its national projects to develop Iraq. The government should open the opportunities for the Iraqi woman, exploiting her as the other half of society. We know that much of the progress of the state happened due to the Iraqi woman. Iraq needs a youth revolution for progress and prosperity and we know that reconstruction will happen to the Iraqi economy whether on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates or by reconstructing the desert, restoring the tourist places or for the state to work on establishing projects that provide job opportunities for the Iraqi youth.

  • حمد عيسى

    2012-10-14

    Real estate investment in Iraq is considered an important source of civilization, development, and prosperity. We find that Iraq needs this kind of economic investment.

  • محمد كمال

    2012-10-14

    The housing problem in the Arab world is chronic and in some Arab countries it has even led to crises. Due to the failure of its economic sector, wars and blockade, Iraq suffered from a worsening and severe crisis. Despite the early studies that began since the mid-fifties and the development witnessed by the residential sector in Iraq from mid-seventies of the last century and until the mid-eighties of the same century, the interest in this sector’s development stopped like other sectors. It is important that the policies in that period were based on partial development which relied on urban development and neglected the countryside. Iraq is like all Arab countries where the rural population suffers. People should enjoy a decent house whatever their geographical location is. Decent housing helps the healthy growth of children and provides psychological comfort for adults that make them able to give back to the homeland and also to raise a righteous generation. The policies in that time were as follows: 1 - To provide subsidized housing plots, especially for the middle class of employees and traders… etc. 2 - To provide soft loans of up to 30 years. 3 – To exempt leased residential buildings from tax for a limited period, to impose a small tax on them and to provide a structural reinforced materials. 4 – To ensure services in the housing vicinity in order to encourage housing in new areas.

  • عبدالرضا عبدالله

    2012-10-14

    The Iraqi Government bears more burdens and pressures compared to its people who just take an interest in their own problems while the Government is responsible for the people and itself. It also works on maintaining its positions and stability. It is responsible for employing the youth and solving their problems, providing decent jobs for a civilized youth who bears the country’s responsibility, advance it and achieve its prosperity. For instance, the Iraqi Government can establish housing projects, urban communities, tourist villages and new towns as the 6th October in Egypt, 10th Ramadan and others in Iraq and all Arab countries. The country could benefit from these building projects on two levels: on the one hand, it provides housing for the young people and displaced families. On the other hand, it provides a large number of employment opportunities for the young people. Thus, we catch two birds with one stone, as we provide two important things to people which are: jobs and housing. As a consequence, the Government will win the confidence of people, maintain its position and continuity in governance. People also will benefit from housing, get jobs and achieve their objectives consisting in living in a stable atmosphere. The factories, companies and businessmen will make a lot of profit. Hiring young people in such urban projects could solve many problems and every person could benefit from it. These projects need engineers, traders, manufacturers, craftsmen, doctors, and cleaners. It is a great opportunity as it works on moving the wheel of development and raising the living standards.

  • كامل عبد الكريم

    2012-10-14

    In all countries, the construction of residential units is considered a top priority for the Governments, in addition to some other recreational facilities. In fact, the people are in desperate need for such vital projects. One could not imagine a stable nation where the citizens are deprived of permanent houses to shelter them in dark nights, hot summers and chilly winters. In all countries, housing is viewed as a basic and primary need. In this respect, the Iraqi Government is supposed to provide citizens with houses. Indeed, the competent authorities should develop huge housing projects. Furthermore, we call on the Government directorates to provide plots at cheap rates for the young people to build their own homes and to help them financially in order to furnish their new places. The youth should pay the sum in more flexible installments. The same thing applies to the businessmen. The Government should facilitate the procedures to encourage them to invest in real estate. We would not be happy to see a single homeless Iraqi citizen. All Iraqi should possess a place. We would not tolerate the high officials who live in luxurious mansions equipped with air conditioners while the ordinary citizens are homeless. This is not fair at all. The Iraqis should get houses even in disadvantaged areas and at low costs. In this respect, the Iraqi Government could exploit the desert to build house complexes. Indeed, this huge space could accommodate millions of Iraqi refugees. The authorities should rush to contract with steel mills and building material companies to provide the basic requirements at low costs. In so doing, they would support the advancement and progress of the country. In return, the Government could grant them tax breaks, reduce their customs duties and administrative expenses. Thus, we create a method to serve the interests of the businessmen and the Government at the same time. Of course, the first beneficiaries are the people.

  • علي محمد

    2012-10-12

    The Iraqi government must be aware that it needs to establish more housing projects in the Iraqi territories as soon as possible and benefit all the parties.

  • صادق علي

    2012-10-12

    These projects cannot be achieved by investors alone without the cooperation of the different Iraqi ministries, particularly the Ministry of Housing. The latter is burdened with a lot of things concerning these projects, namely the preparation of the file to accomplish these housing projects quickly and the cooperation with the other ministries in terms of the required strategies such as the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, supplying projects with the needed water, the Ministry of Electricity and other ministries. Thus, the implementation of these projects requires the cooperation of all Ministries in order to reach the desired level. Yet, there is no doubt that the Ministry of Finance is assigned the heaviest burden to implement these projects in a way that is suitable for Iraqis so as to spare Iraqis from paying more money.

  • سلمان العلواني

    2012-10-12

    Working on developing residential areas will really provide security and accommodate the inhabitants in Iraq. Yet, this issue requires the encouragement of housing projects and the Iraqi and other investors to invest their money to start such projects. Thus, the State must encourage this issue through providing material as well as moral support since this will definitely bring about economic profits and help develop the country. The Government must cooperate with the Iraqi Ministry of Housing to develop a plan for the promoting and supporting the general elaboration of this plan. In other words, housing projects should be widespread all over Iraq to make sure that support has reached all Iraqis and that we have selected the housing projects which are achieved faster than other ones.

  • وليد يعقوب

    2012-10-12

    Starting housing projects has a major impact on the internal stability in Iraq and providing accommodations for the displaced.

  • ناصر محمد

    2012-10-12

    It is important to provide job opportunities for the Iraqi youth especially in the housing projects. In the current time, this is among the most important steps to fight unemployment and to control the internal situation in Iraq. In fact, unemployment can make the youth join the terrorist groups that have a strong effect on the Iraqi society. These terrorist groups have exploited the youth’s weakness, frustration and boredom. Thus, these youth have become exposed to these dangerous ideas. In fact, these housing projects are a double-edged weapon because they can eradicate unemployment and prevent the increase of the terrorists’ number in the State.

  • جاسم ناجي

    2012-10-12

    Securing jobs for Iraqis in the country's reconstruction projects is a necessary step to erode unemployment

  • نورى مصطفى

    2012-10-10

    I call on the Iraqi government to make its utmost to establish the construction projects. Indeed, Iraq is in desperate need for such projects. The authorities must provide housing for the Iraqi people because of the effects of the terrorist operations on the country. The terrorists are targeting everything related to the Iraqi citizens.

  • فاضل حسن

    2012-10-10

    I call on the Iraqi government to create more employment opportunities for the young people, in particular. It is needless, to discuss the importance of work for the youth. In fact, work is a vital necessity for them. This is both natural and obvious. However, I wanted to discuss the serious damages and potential risks of unemployment. Perhaps, we all agree that joblessness creates a fatal sense of futility among the youth. The jobless are more likely to get involved in terrorist movements or extremist groups which could influence them easily. The terrorists want to guide the youngsters and control their thought. The ambitious young men would abandon their dream to get jobs and make a legitimate living and turn into dangerous terrorists who threaten the State and the innocent and honorable citizens.

  • ادم قاسم

    2012-10-10

    Iraq has gone through a lot of crises which are attributable to the successive wars and terrorist operations. Those aggressions destroyed many buildings in Iraq. For this reason, this country is in desperate need for the establishment of housing projects. Thus, I call on the government to start urban projects which are very much needed by the Iraqi people in view of the past period and the various problems and crises that marred the life of the Iraqi people.

  • راشد عبدالرحمن

    2012-10-10

    The youth have recently suffered from the crises that affected Iraq namely the lack of job opportunities. Therefore, I call on the Iraqi government to work on hiring the youth mainly through holding reconstruction projects since these provide job opportunities. Therefore, the youth would better seize the opportunity to serve their nation.

  • خليفة سلمان

    2012-10-10

    Iraq needs to carry out large renaissance or urban development projects to employ ordinary manpower. In fact, the projects in these fields are usually huge and long-term and could accommodate the largest possible number of jobless people who have not found any job opportunity because of the crises that affected Iraq over the previous years. In addition, Iraq is currently suffering from a crisis. Therefore, the provision of job opportunities for the unemployed depends on the existence of a reconstruction renaissance which should be exploited as a means to employ the largest possible number of jobless people. Thus, we will achieve a lot of advantages. First, we will be able to hire the unemployed and solve the problem of unemployment which is facing Iraq. In this respect, work will enable jobless people who are not able to earn a living for their families to provide a decent life for themselves and for their families. Second, these people will implement the reconstruction movement themselves. In so doing, Iraq will become one of the nations which have managed to eradicate unemployment through taking advantage of these projects. Besides, Iraq will be one of the leading nations which build and reconstruct and will own such huge projects. The latter do not only provide job opportunities for employees but also hire engineers and supervisors. Indeed, a considerable number of people will work in these projects.

  • هاشم ناصر هاشم

    2012-10-10

    I ask the Iraqi Government to make efforts and to establish housing projects in order to achieve development in Iraq. In fact, it must provide suitable houses for Iraqis who have been suffering from war and from the terrorist groups who have targeted the residential units. Thus, it is important to rebuild and reconstruct the country.

  • عبدالرحمن جناحى

    2012-10-9

    If they are able to build such projects, the housing crisis which most Iraqis and Iraqi families that live in small houses suffer from will be resolved. Some houses have more than one family living there even though such houses are small. The families suffer from the lack of projects which would solve the problem of housing by providing them to the citizens. The respective ministries have to study the cost of the housing projects and allocate a budget for them to help the citizens living in difficult conditions, those who don’t have a place to live or the poor. We have to build housing complexes in Baghdad and all the Iraqi governorates to absorb the biggest number of Iraqis in need. We are in desperate need for the investing countries to start building big housing complexes. Also, these projects will solve the problem of unemployment because building these projects will need engineers, supervisors and workers etc. In addition, the prices of (housing units) in these projects have to be attainable for the citizens, and there should be no discrimination as well. All of the above will solve the problems of the Iraqi people.

  • عادل احمد جناحي

    2012-10-4

    I call on the Iraqi government to make its utmost to establish the construction projects. Indeed, Iraq is in desperate need for such projects. The authorities must provide housing for the Iraqi people because of the effects of the terrorist operations on the country. The terrorists are targeting everything related to the Iraqi citizens.

  • عيسى حسن الصفار

    2012-10-4

    I call on the Iraqi government to create more employment opportunities for the young people especially that there is room for housing projects all over Iraq. It is needless, to discuss the importance of work for the youth. In fact, work is a vital necessity for them. This is both natural and obvious. However, I wanted to discuss the serious damages and risks of unemployment. Perhaps, we all agree that joblessness creates a fatal sense of futility among the youth. The jobless are more likely to get involved in terrorist movements or extremist groups which could influence them easily. The terrorists want to guide the youngsters and control their thought. The ambitious young men would abandon their dream to get jobs and make a legitimate living and turn into dangerous terrorists who threaten the State and the innocent and honorable citizens.

  • احمد ماجد بحر

    2012-10-4

    Iraq has gone through a lot of crises which are attributable to the successive wars and terrorist operations. Those aggressions destroyed many buildings in Iraq. For this reason, this country is in desperate need for the establishment of housing projects. Thus, I call on the government to start urban projects which are needed by the Iraqi people in view of the past period and the various problems and crises that marred the life of the Iraqi people.

  • حميد خورشيد

    2012-10-4

    The youth have recently suffered from the crises that affected Iraq namely the lack of job opportunities. Therefore, I call on the Iraqi government to work on providing jobs for the youth mainly through holding reconstruction projects especially that the country needs workers. Therefore, the youth would better seize the opportunity to serve their nation.

  • سامي محمود

    2012-10-4

    Iraq needs to carry out a large renaissance or urban development projects to employ ordinary manpower. In fact, the projects in these fields are usually huge and long-term and could accommodate the largest possible number of jobless people who have not found any job opportunity because of the crises that affected Iraq over the previous years. In addition, Iraq is currently suffering from a crisis. Therefore, the provision of job opportunities for the unemployed depends on the existence of a reconstruction renaissance which should be exploited as a means to employ the largest possible number of jobless people. Thus, we will achieve a lot of advantages. First, we will be able to hire the unemployed and solve the problem of unemployment which is facing Iraq. In this respect, work will enable jobless people who are not able to earn a living for their families to provide a decent life for themselves and for their families. Second, these people will implement the reconstruction movement themselves. In so doing, Iraq will become one of the nations which have managed to eradicate unemployment through taking advantage of these projects. Besides, Iraq will be one of the leading nations which build and reconstruct and will own such huge projects. The latter do not only provide job opportunities for employees but also hire engineers and supervisors. Indeed, a considerable number of people will work in these projects.

  • علي محمد علي

    2012-10-4

    I ask the Iraqi Government to make efforts and to establish housing projects in order to achieve development in Iraq. In fact, it must provide suitable houses for Iraqis who have been suffering from war and from the terrorist groups who have targeted the residential units. Thus, it is important to rebuild and reconstruct the country.

  • فيصل رشيد عيش

    2012-9-30

    I wish to see this dream in all governorates of Iraq. However, is it possible for the officials in Mawtani to collect the number of the housing units announced by the Iraqi officials as of 2007 until today? What is the number and how many funds were spent, because I heard that the undersecretary of the state in the Ministry of Interior Sayyed Al-Asadi saying that he earmarked about 700 billion dollars one month before his statement, but we still see no complete building. Is this statement right? What is the destiny of these funds? Will the negligent officials be brought to justice? That is because according to the statements of the officials the governorates would have self-sufficiency as to housing by 80% of the needs of the poor. If we studied the statements cabinet and board of the governors regarding the distribution of the lands to the families of the martyrs, orphans and disabled citizens, we should conclude that there is no single poor family. The state has to enquire about those who seized lands and where they were living before the occupation. That is because the operations of seizing the lands of the state and the private lands turned into a profitable trade to some people. I think that most of those who came to Baghdad and some to its residents have sold their original lands and houses and illegally occupied public lands and built houses on them. This is a violation of the law and the public rights. Most of these lands were dedicated to the public facilities and the duly licensed housing complexes and other building such as schools, kindergartens, hospitals, municipal facilities, police stations, parks, and gardens. Some of those violators started trading in the public and private properties without any form of control. Hence, I wish that the law would be enforced strictly. Keeping silence towards these violations would encourage the lawlessness and disrespect for the laws of the state. However, this should not mean that the state is not required to build houses for the poor.

  • مصطفى الوائلي

    2012-9-21

    The officials and policemen applied to get plots of residential lands 3 years ago, when will they be distributed? We are fed up with the rents.