21 Aug 2013 11:20
OSHIKUKU, 21 AUG (NAMPA) - The gravel road from Oshikuku to Onamutuku via Elim in the Omusati Region will be upgraded to bitumen standard at a cost of N.dollars 65,6 million.
Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina revealed this at groundbreaking ceremony for the commencement of construction work on that road near the Oshikuku settlement on Wednesday.
Nghimtina officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony, which was also attended by several regional and local councillors of the Omusati Region, as well as Chief Herman Iipumbu of the Uukwambi Traditional Authority.
The distance to be upgraded on this route is a stretch of 16 kilometres (km) starting from Oshikuku on the Ruacana-Oshakati main road and ending at the Onamutuku settlement near the Oshakati-Okahao main road.
The road will follow the existing route passing through Elim, and it ends at Onamutuku, Nghimtina told those who attended the groundbreaking ceremony.
The project is jointly funded by the government of the Republic of Namibia and the Road Fund Administration (RFA), the minister pointed out.
He indicated that the upgrading of the Oshikuku-Onamutuku road is an indication of Governments commitment towards social and economic upliftment in rural areas and in the country at large.
Once the construction is completed, Nghimtina said, difficulties experienced by people living along that road to reach health centres, schools and government offices during the rainy seasons will be something of the past.
Additionally, this road will also improve the lives of our people in terms of cost efficiency, improved safety and comfort while travelling, the minister noted.
The construction project will see 60 job opportunities created. It is expected that the work will take some 12 months to complete.
I would like to urge the contractor to give women a fair opportunity for employment, said Nghimtina, adding that 30 of 60 job opportunities should be given to women.
The Roads Authority (RA) has contracted Onamagongwa Trading Enterprise to construct the road in partnership with Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) contractor Iinongo Trading Enterprise cc.