17 Feb 2016 18:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 17 FEB (NAMPA) - The Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb on Wednesday officially inaugurated a new office complex for the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
!Naruseb, as the line minister responsible for services rendered by the MVA Fund, said he was delighted to see operations of the fund extending closer to the people of the Otjozondjupa Region.
The inauguration of this new office building signifies the preparedness of the MVA Fund in supporting governments decentralisation policy by bringing services closer to the people, he said.
!Naruseb said the office at Otjiwarongo will make it easier to assist people in need of the MVA Funds services faster, as they will not have to travel long distances to Windhoek to submit claims related to accident funding or medical assistance.
The minister also called on law enforcement agents in the region to do their best and see to it that accidents on the B1 road between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo, as well as Otjiwarongo and Otavi are minimised.
!Naruseb also expressed his shock at the accident in which 15 people lost their lives on the B1 road between Omuthiya and Oshivelo in the Oshikoto Region on Friday.
A minibus and truck collided head-on, killing 15 people instantly.
Also speaking at Wednesdays event was the MVA Funds Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, who said operations of the fund commenced in the region in 2011. From that year, the fund rented a building along Dr Hage Geingob Street in Otjiwarongo.
But due to the fact that the patterns of road accidents in this area are high, mostly on the road between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo, and also Otjiwarongo and Otavi, we were convinced to open a permanent office at Otjiwarongo in order to bring our services closer to the people, she said.
Martins-Hausiku said the funds new office complex was built at a cost of over N.dollars 4 million.
The MVA purchased a house that they converted into an office.
Martins-Hausiku furthermore said the MVA so far operates in seven regions. Its headquarters are in Windhoek in the Khomas Region.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge and Deputy Minister of Finance, Natangwe Ithete, amongst others, also attend the event.