24 Jul 2015 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL(NAMPA) - The Roads Authority (RA) has crafted a focused three-year strategic plan to help ensure the responsible management of the country's national road network with the view to achieving a safe and efficient public road sector.
The RA's Strategic Plan for 2015-2018 launched in Windhoek on Thursday, is a product of a deliberate planning process which saw the management of the parastatal and the representatives of the workforce engage in strategic thinking and planning over the past few months.
The plan is particularly aimed at enhancing the efficiency and the effectiveness in organisational operations in order to invest scarce public funds appropriately in providing and managing the country's road network, and thus ensuring value for money and maximising returns for the road users and the broader society.
It also focuses on creating a balance between expanding the country's road network and preserving the existing ones.
Speaking at the official launch of the plan, Deputy Minister of Works and Transport Sankwasa James Sankwasa commended the leadership of the State-owned enterprise for having developed the document that is aligned to Namibias fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) goals in order to help drive the country to becoming one of the logistical hubs in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
On his part, the RA's Chief Executive Officer Conrad Lutombi said as they move forward, the management of the State-owned enterprise should now focus mainly on addressing the challenges and shortcomings that the parastatal has experienced with the implementation of the previous strategic plans.
As we now focus on delivering on our mandate for the three years (2015 to 2018), we must remember that the strategic outcomes, oriented goals and the strategic objectives that have been crafted serve as the building blocks towards achieving the allied national objectives in terms of NDP4, said Lutombi.
He said when the RA delivers on its mandate it must contribute to the upliftment of the Namibian people to ultimately make a significant contribution to the creation of a better Namibia for all the citizens.
Also speaking at the event, RA Board of Directors Chairperson Heleni Kaifanua appealed to the leadership of the RA to make sure that the implementation of the strategic plan is brought into force without delays.
It is my sincere belief that the Roads Authority shall cement its strategic reputation over the next three years (2015 to 2018) with the support of its strategic stakeholders and leave a lasting legacy for the generations to come.
It is imperative that the Roads Authority Board of Directors, management and employees in unison ensure the successful implementation of the strategic plan with a view towards ensuring the efficient functioning of the State-owned enterprise, said Kaifanua.
Also present at the event were the governors of the Oshikoto and Ohangwena regions - Henock Kankoshi and Usko Nghaamwa - as well as other senior Government officials.