14 Mar 2015 13:00pm
KONGOLA, 14 MAR (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Friday inaugurated the Liselo-Linyanti-Sangwali road here in the Zambezi Region saying it will provide an important link to facilitate the efficient movement of persons, goods and services.
The Liselo-Linyanti-Sangwali road is approximately 209 kilometres in total and the Kongola-Singalamwe is still under construction. These roads will provide linkages to many rural areas.
At the cutting of the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Liselo-Linyanti-Sangwali road, Pohamba described the project completion as another momentous achievement in the collective effort to modernize and expand the national road network.
Infrastructure such as this road will play an important role in the development of our country. It will contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of our people, as well as regional integration.
Pohamba said the same road will connect to the Wenela Border Post with Zambia and Ngoma Border Post with Botswana via the via the Trans Zambezi Highway, which will forms part of the Walvisbay-Ndola-Lumbumbashi Corridor.
The two roads that were funded by Government at a cost running over N. dollar 872 million, both form part of the key national priorities of the developing and maintaining of modern road infrastructure in the country.
Pohamba added, This road will reduce travel time, while promoting safer and more efficient transport for road users.
The President emphasised that the road will provide a movement of tourists through the Mamili Game Park and Mudumu National Park which are situated in the Linyanti , Sangwali and Kongola areas.
Pohamba expressed pleasure over plans currently underway to construct a border post at Kamenga saying, this will further facilitate trade between Namibia and Zambia.
Pohamba also noted concern over the theft and vandalism of public infrastructure.
Pohamba said these acts of vandalism cost Government and Namibian taxpayers millions of dollars every year to replace the stolen and vandalized infrastructure, adding the destruction and damage to road signs are the cause of fatal accidents and injuries to road users.
I call upon the entire nation to guard and protect our national road infrastructure. In the same vein, I call upon Law Enforcement Agencies to take appropriate action against anyone who deliberately damages or vandalizes road infrastructure, said Pohamba.
A total of 39 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and sub-contractors were employed during the construction of the road, which resulted in the creation of 477 jobs at the project overseen by the Ministry of Works and Transport, and the Roads Authority (RA).