20 Aug 2013 08:50
OKATANA, 20 AUG (NAMPA) - The German Ambassador to Namibia, Onno Huckmann says the transport sector occupies a central position in the development of all sectors of the economy.
Huckmann said this in a statement presented on his behalf by his representative, Joschka Greve, at the official inauguration of the gravel road from Okatana to Onamutai via Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Monday.
The German diplomat indicated that the transport sector is about facilitating access of communities to social infrastructure such as schools, health facilities, markets in town, to employment and also to friends and families.
Huckmann noted that the improvement of the road network is one of the main pillars to strengthening Namibias role as a major logistic hub in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
The governments of Namibia and Germany have long recognised the importance of the road transport sector in the overall economic and social development of this country (Namibia), the ambassador noted.
He added that the construction of all-weather district roads, like the Okatana-Onamutai road, marks a major improvement of the regional road network.
On behalf of the German government I would like to commend the Government of the Republic of Namibia, acting through the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Roads Authority (RA), on the approach chosen for this project, he stated.
He then expressed hope that the new Okatana-Onamutai road link will be kept in good condition to serve the road users and secure safe passengers and freight transport in future for the benefit of the local population.
Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina, who officially opened the road, pointed out that the project was funded by a joint agreement between the Namibian Government and Germanys KfW Development Bank.
According to Nghimtina, the 16 kilometre (km) Okatana-Onamutai Road (DR3671) was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 60,2 million
A member of the RA Board of Directors, Professor Frank Kavishe, pointed out that Thohi Construction was the main contractor in the project, supported by six Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) contractors.
Sok Print Master Design and Construction, T&P Trading Enterprises cc, Gems Engineering and Road Construction, Otjomuise Construction, Ngowina Trading Enterprise and Multiple Investments were the six SME contractors involved in the project.