Oshikuku-Onamutuku road to be completed next month

21 May 2016 08:40am
OSHIKUKU, 21 MAY (NAMPA) – Cash flow problems hampered the completion of the 16 kilometre (km) Oshikuku-Onamutuku road in the Omusati Region and the contractor has been given until the end of next month to complete the work.
This was said by the Roads Authority (RA)’s manager of corporate communications, Hileni Fillemon in response to allegations that work on the road has been abandoned.
The chairperson of the Omusati Regional Council and councillor of the Oshikuku Constituency, Modestus Amutse made the allegations at a meeting with the media and his councillors in Oshikuku on Tuesday.
Amutse said the N.dollars 65.6 million upgrading of the road into bitumen standard was launched by then Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina in August 2013 and was due to be completed in 12 months’ time.
“The road is incomplete and the contractors are nowhere to be found,” he said.
Responding to the allegations that the contractor, Namagongwa Trading Enterprises has not worked on the road for some three months now, Fillemon said the road is 95 per cent complete.
“The contractor did not abandon the site, but progress on the remaining five per cent of the project has been slow due to a cash flow problem on the part of the contractor and shortage of materials,” she said when contacted for comment on Thursday.
She said the contractor has been given an extension until the end of June to complete the remaining work.
The road will link the Oshikuku Constituency to the Elim Constituency at the Onamutuku T-junction on the Oshakati-Okahao main road.