Onayena and Eenhana constituencies get gravel road

19 Nov 2014 08:00am
OMAHENGE, 19 NOV (NAMPA) - Namibian people in rural areas have suffered too long and were isolated because of a lack of access to roads, the Minister of Works and Transport Erkki Nghmtina says.
He said this at the Omahenge village on Tuesday during the official opening of a newly-constructed gravel road stretching from Onayena in the Oshikoto Region to Omahenge in the Ohangwena Region.
Nghimtina told those present that the government is committed to the provision of safe and reliable access to roads in the rural areas.
With the completion of the Onayena-Omahenge road, residents of villages such as Ekaha, Oniihwa, Ondumetana and Onuuya will have access to the road.
The Onayena-Omahenge road also connects the Onankali and Elombe schools and the local clinic.
“This road will lead to mushrooming of various constructions, for example small retail shops and services’ industries, thereby making our communities participate in increased production, provide inclusion in social activities, promote economic development and environmental sustainability,” the minister explained.
He believes the road will provide transition from pure subsistence to market-orientated productions.
The government fully funded the construction of the road built by Namibbeton Contractors at a cost of N.dollars 45.57 million.
Nghimtina pointed out that about 40 per cent of the total project cost was paid to small and medium enterprise (SME) contractors.
The road was constructed to gravel standard by using labour-intensive methods, thereby creating a social and economic benefit to the involved local communities.
Some 300 men and women from the Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions were employed to work as labourers on the project.