23 May 2015 10:00am
OMUTHIYA, 23 MAY (NAMPA) - Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb on Thursday opened the newly upgraded Omuthiya-Onanke District Road 3673 in the Oshikoto Region.
A total of 33 kilometres (km) of this district road has been upgraded from sand track to gravel standard.
!Naruseb said the upgrade of the road to gravel standard will promote development in the area, which will in turn contribute towards poverty alleviation.
Road infrastructure leads to growth and poverty deduction. If people in rural areas do not have access to proper infrastructure, they are the most vulnerable to poverty, said !Naruseb.
A lot has been done since Independence to ensure that Namibians are provided with access to health services, good education opportunities and access to the labour market, the minister said.
Hard work lies ahead for us, but we can be proud of what we have achieved thus far in terms of road infrastructure development, he noted.
In terms of accessibility, the newly constructed road will improve the traffic flow and provide year-round access to clinics and schools as well as to other needed services as it connects the Onanke and Amilema settlements of the Omuntele Constituencies.
The minister said the road will further promote regional integration as it connects people from surrounding areas of Omuthiya Constituency to the main road which connects major towns such as Ondangwa, Tsumeb and other towns
The upgrading of Omuthiya-Onanke Road was funded by the Namibian Government to the tune of N.dollars 45 million.
!Naruseb urged people living along the route to take advantage of the improved road and increase their agricultural production as the road allows them to take their produce to main markets.
About 202 temporary jobs were provided during the construction period and four SME's were appointed and executed their work under the guidance of the Contractor Profile Civil Construction company.