30 May 2016 11:00am
GAM, 30 MAY (NAMPA) Abandoned construction work at several school hostels, particularly in the Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions spearheaded by the Namibia-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP), will commence soon.
The hostels in rural settlements such as Donkerbos, Gam, Okahitua, Eiseb Block, and Oruua are yet to be completed following several irregularities such as non-performance by contractors.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Namu Musulwe, a social advisor for the NGSIP said new contractors have been appointed to complete the work.
I understand how this has affected the schools, especially the learners, but we have now procured new contractors, said Musulwe.
The principal of Gam Combined School, Chris Muatjetjeja has expressed dismay at the delay in the completion of a hostel at his school since 2014.
It really pains me that this hostel has been idle for this long. Even the workers working on the hostel are people from other places while our people are without jobs, said Muatjetjeja.
Gam is situated some 300 kilometres east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Similar delays are evident at the Donkerbos Primary School, in the Otjombinde constituency of the Omaheke region.
There, the construction of hostel facilities was halted, also due to non-performance in 2013.
A new contractor has however been appointed.
Musulwe is adamant that it is not business as usual as contractors have been encouraged to complete the projects effectively and timely.
We are monitoring them, and we are hoping for the best. We have selected the right people and we are confident that they will do a better job. If they do not, we will dismiss them, because they have to do their job, he said.
Musulwe added that the NGSIP has also acquired new contractors for commercial centres in Warmbad, Leonardville and Gibeon amongst other places in the southern parts of the country, which faced similar delays.
The centres mainly include offices for traditional authorities in the region; campsites; small and medium enterprise (SME) business centres; and heritage centres aimed at preserving traditional norms and cultures in the region.
The newly procured contractors were scheduled to start working on 29 May, while construction on the Gam hostel will start next month, Musulwe said.