16 Mar 2015 14:40pm
ONANDJABA, 16 MAR (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on all road users to guard against overloading and other negative trends that will degrade and reduce the lifespan of the roads in the country.
Pohamba said this at the Onandjaba settlement of Okalongo Constituency in the Omusati Region, where he performed his last official inauguration of a newly-constructed road (DR3608) as the Head of State on Monday.
The outgoing Namibian leader pointed out that roads are public assets which the government has put in place as part of the efforts to develop the country.
The district road (DR 3608) is a 98km gravel district road being developed to bitumen standard. It stretches from Omafo in the Ohangwena Region to Outapi in the Omusati Region and is being developed by a Chinese company, China Gezhouba Investment Group, since 2011.
Pohamba inaugurated only the finished section (Omafo-Okalongo) of that road, because a section from Okalongo to Outapi is yet to be tarred.
According to the Head of State, the Omafo-Onandjaba-Outapi Road construction project would cost the government approximately N.dollars 800 million upon completion.
This project is fully-funded by the government of the Republic of Namibia, through a loan sourced from the Exim Bank of China, Pohamba told his audience.
He stated that the opening of the Omafo-Onandjaba section of the Omafo-Onandjaba-Outapi Road is another demonstration of the progress the Namibian government is making in its road contribution networks.
Every year we continue to make strides by adding several kilometres to our bitumen roads network, Pohamba explained.
The Omafo-Onandjaba-Outapi Road will serve as a link between Ohangwena and Omusati regions, and also a significant contribution to the development of transport infrastructure in the SADC Region, especially between Namibia and Angola.
Furthermore, this road will serve as a backbone of the regional development corridor, since it forms part of the Trans Cunnene Corridor via Oshikango, and Trans Zambezi Highway via Nkurenkuru and Rundu to Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region, the President cited.
Speaking at the same event, Omusati regional governor Sophia Shaningwa revealed that she and her counterparts from Ohangwena, Kavango West and East, Zambezi, Omaheke and Oshana regions recommended the road network from Zambezi via the two Kavango regions, Ohangwena to Omusati region to be named Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba Highway.
Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina, who also attended the inauguration event, endorsed the governors recommendation.
A total of about 300 workers and some 10 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) contractors are involved in the Omafo-Onandjaba-Outapi Road construction project.