Huge backlog in road rehabilitation: RA CEO

23 Feb 2014 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) - The Roads Authority (RA) is faced with a huge backlog in roads’ rehabilitation, its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Conrad Lutombi said on Thursday.
Speaking during the Road Fund Administration (RFA)’s Annual Stakeholder Consultation on its business plan for the period April 2014 to March 2019 here, he stated that although a few road projects are funded by the RFA, most of the projects are still funded by Government.
Lutombi said the RA was created with the objective of managing national road networks in the country, and with the aim of achieving safe and efficient road set-ups.
“We must also have a balance of reserving those roads that we have, through rehabilitation and through efficient maintenance programmes,” he stressed.
The RA chief noted that he had read a local newspaper report saying that Namibian roads have became dangerous roads to travel on.
“If we do not keep the maintenance of our roads then they will deteriorate further, and they will not be safe anymore. For us to make sure that these roads are serviced and kept in a good standard, we need to inject funding to also take care of the road sustainability,” he said.
Lutombi said funding is very critical in roads’ rehabilitation and maintenance.