Elundu-Eenhana road officially opened

24 Feb 2016 20:30pm
EENHANA, 24 FEB (NAMPA) – Works and Transport Minister, Alpheus !Naruseb officially opened the 25 kilometre (km) Trunk Road (TR) 10/2 Elundu-Eenhana at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday.
!Naruseb, at the same time, announced that President Hage Geingob will inaugurate the Main Road (MR) 129 from Omafo in the Ohangwena Region to Outapi in the Omusati Region on Friday.
Speaking during the inauguration, !Naruseb said the Namibian Government fully funded the upgrading of the Elundu-Eenhana road to bitumen standard at a cost of N.dollars 105 million.
“This project was completed in a period of approximately 12 months,” !Naruseb told his audience, and congratulated the Roads Authority (RA), Consulting Engineer VKE Namibia, and the contractor China State/Kata Joint Venture for the successful completion of the project.
He went on to say the Elundu-Eenhana road project has assisted in the country’s poverty reduction initiative by creating some 250 temporary job opportunities to local men and women during the construction period.
“This is indeed good news for all the beneficiaries who will be able to put bread on the table and assist with their children’s education in many positive ways,” the minister explained.
He said the road will improve the flow of traffic and enhance road safety, especially as it forms part of the Ohangwena and Kavango regions’ road connection.
Additionally, !Naruseb said, the Elundu-Eenhana road currently serves numerous health institutions such as the primary health care centres of Epembe, Omundaungilo, Eenhana and Onambutu, as well as the Eenhana District Hospital.
It will improve accessibility and will aid in patients getting to the said health facilities faster and with ease.
!Naruseb used the same event to appeal to the community of the Ohangwena Region to exercise a sense of ownership of the newly-upgraded road by guarding it zealously against vandalism and other vices that are detrimental to the development of the area.
Ohangwena Regional Governor Usko Nghaamwa and the Roads Authority (RA) chairperson Hileni Kaifanua also attended the launch.