17 Sep 2014 19:20pm
OSHAKATI, 17 SEP (NAMPA) The Oshana Regional Study and Resource Centre, established through assistance by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N), was officially inaugurated at Oshakati on Wednesday.
The multi-million dollar centre is situated behind the Yetu Shopping Complex in Oshakati East, opposite the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.
Education Minister Dr David Namwandi officially inaugurated the centre on behalf of President Hifikepunye Pohamba in the presence of the Chargé d'Affaires of the American Embassy in Namibia, John Kowalski, and Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa of the Oshana Region.
Pohamba in his statement delivered by Namwandi acknowledged the cordial bilateral relations between Namibia and the United States of America (USA).
Since Independence in 1990, he said, the US government has provided significant assistance to Namibia in its development efforts.
The President stated that the US support to Namibia brought about investments in different sectors such as education, agriculture and tourism.
Pohamba at the same time commended the Oshana Regional Council and the Oshakati leadership for supporting the establishment of the centre.
The centre is vital to promote a culture of reading, research and acquisition of knowledge by young and old people alike.
Through research, Pohamba said, students and academics can bring forth groundbreaking and innovative ideas to improve the livelihood of the people and to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
He said the centre will also serve as business hub where the business community can obtain up to date and relevant information on issues such as the completion of bankable business plans, business management and marketing.
The centre is said to have already recorded more than 7 540 users since it opened its doors to the public on 25 August this year.
This demonstrates that the public is eager to access the services that are being offered here, Pohamba noted.
Apart from the Oshana Regional Study and Resource Centre, MCA-N also financed the construction of two similar centres at Gobabis in the Omaheke Region and at Helao Nafidi in the Ohangwena Region.
These three centres are equipped with modern library facilities and equipment ranging from books, audio-visual cubicles and computer labs with open access internet to study space and colourful and stimulating childrens libraries.
Nexus Contractors built the Oshana Regional Study and Resource Centre at a cost of more than N.dollars 50 million.