President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi stated the government’s commitment to eradicating informal housing settlements (slums) through the social housing projects implemented by the state, reported Daily News Egypt.
The president discussed with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly, and head of the Armed Forces’ Engineering Authority Kamel Al-Wazir, the state’s role in providing social safety nets in the form of affordable housing, clean drinking water, and electricity.
“We cannot allow this situation to continue, even if we have to share a morsel of bread among us so that none of our people keep living in such circumstances,” said Al-Sisi.
Eradicating informal housing settlements is one of the Egyptian government top development priorities, it was noted in the meeting between the ministers and the president.
The government has started the relocation process of 850,000 people living in impoverished and unsafe areas to high-rise apartments developed using the Tahya Misr Fund initiated by the President.
The Tahya Misr Project’s first two phases saw the construction of 12,000 apartments in less than a year, and the third phase will add an additional 20,000 apartments to serve 100,000 people in 2017.