Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Veikko Nekundi, said for a country to develop, its road network should be safe and efficient in order to maximise economic and social benefits.
Nekundi made the remarks during the official groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the DR4113 Endola-Eemboo road held near Endola in the Ohangwena Region on Thursday.
“Good roads play a significant role in achieving national development and contribute to the overall performance and social functioning of the communities,” Nekundi stated.
According to the deputy minister, roads are also critical in facilitating provision of social services in health and education.
The upgrading of the 20 kilometre DR4113 road to gravel standard is expected to last 18 months and will be done at a cost of N.dollars 73 million.
The construction, Nekundi said, will be done through labour-based methods and is anticipated to create approximately 100 employment opportunities.
He pointed out that the road is co-founded by the Namibian Government and the Federal Republic of Germany, through its state-owned development bank KfW.
The construction, which will be carried out by Nexus Civils in partnership with four SME contractor companies namely Twali Construction, Twalonga Pro-Construction, Inauguration Investments and Kulla Trading Enterprises, will enlist Bicon and Aurecon Consulting Engineers for its consultancy needs.
Speaking during the same event, Ohangwena Governor Walde Ndevashiya described his region as a part of the regions with the largest amount of poor roads.
Ndevashiya singled out the eastern parts of the region as the most affected, stating that due to the poor road network, many government institutions are difficult to access in Ohangwena.
“This has negatively affected our people in terms of accessing essential services like hospitals, schools, shopping facilities and water points,” he noted, adding that the regional leadership is not sitting idle and lots of efforts have been invested in terms of road planning and development.
This initiative, the governor said, has commenced with the constituencies that have bad roads connecting government institutions.
The roads earmarked for construction include the Epembe-Omuhongo road, the road to Onamafila Clinic, Epinga-Onakalunga road and Onambutu-Onaisaati road.
Source: Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)