Improved students’ accommodation at all state universities is among key priority issues on the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) agenda.

University enrolment continues to increase putting pressure on academic institutions’ accommodation needs.

It is against this background that the IDBZ said it intends to accomplish its obligation to ease the housing backlog of the nation by making sure that they provide cheaper accommodation for residents and university students.

Director of infrastructure IDBZ Mr Desmond Matete said they are targeting housing projects in all major cities at low cost and the construction of blocks of hostels at national universities to absorb the high accommodation needs.

The housing backlog is currently pegged at around 1.2 million but government efforts under ZIM ASSET, which envisaged provision of 125 000 housing units to low-income earners has helped reduce the housing burden.