Frans Aupa Indongo Open Market inaugurated
12 Mar 2016 13:20pm
OSHAKATI, 12 MAR (NAMPA) Hundreds of people flocked to the Dr Frans Aupa Indongo Open Market here on Friday to witness its official opening by President Hage Geingob.
The market is named after local business mogul Dr Frans Aupa Indongo, who started a small brick manufacturing business in the same area over five decades ago and eventually invested in a countrywide chain of supermarkets, and now owns property all over Namibia.
The open market is said to have taken about six years to complete and cost about N.dollars 90 million. It includes architectural work by the Kerry McNamara Architects Incorporated, as well as construction work by China Jiansu International Contractors under the supervision of Lithon projects.
About 250 residents of the former Sky 2 informal settlement were relocated to Okandjengedi North for the market to be erected.
In his keynote address, Geingob commended the Oshana Region and its people, saying the town has undergone astonishing growth through their work ethic and determination, which has attracted many people in search of a better life.
With hope comes greater expectations, and there are many people from within this region and elsewhere in Namibia who are drawn to towns such as Oshakati in the hope to improving their quality of life.
Geingob said the open market, which is integrated with the long and short distance bus terminal, is a highly significant project having the potential to empower people economically.
Not only will this facility provide employment opportunities for many Namibians, it will also help serve as another front in our collective war against poverty.
The new facility has a capacity to accommodate up to 500 vendors and is equipped with modern bathroom facilities and electricity sockets among others.