Lack of funds hinder development in Oshana

20 May 2016 15:30pm
OSHAKATI, 20 MAY (NAMPA) – The redistribution of funds and in some cases, a lack thereof, are just some of the issues hindering development at towns in the Oshana Region.
These were noted by members of the region’s town councils during a briefing of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs during their visit to the Oshana Region, which commenced on Monday, at the Oshana Regional Office.
The committee has also been conducting inspections from 16 – 20 May 2016 in the three main towns of the region - Oshakati, Ongwediva, Ondangwa.
The visit focused on the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development’s projects contained in the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).
The objectives of the visit were to determine whether the regional council, local authorities and settlements identified in the programme have commenced with the implementation of development projects such as the servicing of land, the construction of a dike at Oshakati as well as the construction of bridges, as identified in NDP4 and MTEF for 2015/16 to 2017/18.
These inspections began in Oshakati, during which a presentation of the implementation of the town’s master plan was made by the town’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Werner Iita.
Iita said the construction of a bridge between Okatana and Endola and a dike around Oshakati were supposed to have been completed by the end of May, but due to a lack of funds from the ministry, the bridge is still incomplete and the funds have been depleted, whereas no work has been done on the dike yet.
This according to Iita is a result of a reduction of funds for such projects in the MTEF. He also said funds are sometimes transferred to other projects which are given more priority.
He said sometimes funds are not transferred on time.
Iita noted that the dike was supposed to help prevent water flooding the town during the rainy season.
“Since it has not been constructed the town council will have to make alternative plans, which means using money intended for other projects for this one,” he said.
Member of Parliament (MP) and leader of the delegation Sebastiaan Karupu ensured that the committee will work hard to find out why funds for these projects have been reduced and how the problem can be solved to ensure development.
“We aim to see to it that the funds given to town councils are used for the actual purposes and if there are any hindrances such as these, we will then find out where the problem is,” Karupu said.