Founding President opens Husab Uranium Mine road

11 May 2014 13:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 11 MAY (NAMPA) - Founding President Sam Nujoma on Wednesday officially inaugurated the Husab Uranium Mine road which connected the mine to the Swakopmund-Usakos main road
The 22 kilometre (km) road was opened a day before the official opening of the mine itself by President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
In his keynote address, Nujoma said the construction of the Husab Uranium Mine road shows the Namibian Government’s commitment to modernise and expand Namibia’s physical and communication infrastructure, such as roads, in line with the fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2030.
“I am convinced that this road will bring about many benefits for our country such as enhancing domestic trade and commerce, while facilitating safer movement of people and goods,” he stated.
The founding President also expressed the hope that Namibia and China will work towards the promotion of commercial trade and cooperation between the two countries for a shared common destiny on a win-win basis.
“It is my sincere hope that our governments and peoples will continue to explore various avenues in which we could cooperate and strengthen ties in the spirit of South-South cooperation,” said Nujoma.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Works and Transport Erkki Nghimtina, in a speech read on his behalf by his Permanent Secretary Peter Mwatile, said it is a fact that a good road network is of vital importance and assists a nation’s economic and social development.
“Qualitative, well-constructed, and maintained roads improve access between regional and rural communities and ultimately, opens movements in the country. In other words, it provides vital links between production centres and markets, as well as having the multiple function of providing access to employment and access to health and education services,” the minister noted.
He further said although effective connectivity has become increasingly important with the establishment of new communication avenues, a reliable road network remains vital.
“It is an acknowledged fact that roads enhance mobility, connect people and enhance their social economic activities,” Nghimtina said, adding that it also contributes to poverty reduction.
He then commended the mine’s management for the decision it took to invest in the construction of the road, as well as the construction of a bridge over the Khan River.
Nghimtina said he was pleased to learn that the will not only be used by Swakop Uranium’s employees, service suppliers and contractors, but also by potential tourists to the Khan River valley.
The inauguration ceremony of the Husab Mine road was attended by the Angolan Kunene Regional Governor, Dr Antonio Didalelwa; Erongo Regional Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua; China’s Ambassador to Namibia, Xin Shunkang; Chairperson of the China General Nuclear Power Cooperation (CGNPC), Hi Yu; Regional and Local Authority Councillors, including the mayors of various towns in the Erongo Region.