31 Jul 2016 13:40pm
KATIMA MULILO, 31 JUL (NAMPA) The 21.8 kilometre district road between Izimwe and Nakabolelwa in the Kabbe South Constituency of the Zambezi Region was officially opened on Thursday by the Ministry of Works and Transport.
Officiating at the ceremony, Works and Transport Deputy Minister James Sankwasa said the completion of the N.dollars 43.2 million gravel road commissioned in 2012, calls for a round of applause to the Roads Authority (RA), despite a delay experienced during its construction.
The initial contractor failed to put up a gravel road accessible by all villages in the flood prone areas in the specific time frame. A second contractor was awarded the same tender in 2015.
The opening of a new road in our country is always a cause for celebration. The new access road between Izimwe and Nakabolelwa opens up a world to communities who have been cut off to essential services for many years, he said.
Sankwasa added that the completion of the road is part of Governments broader programme of investment in road network, saying route by route, the national road network in Namibia is being transformed.
Commuters will now be able to get to their destinations in an efficient and safer way.
It is therefore an undeniable fact that road infrastructure development has added value to the improved economic and social conditions of populations in rural areas.
Sankwasa used the platform to call on the RA to also speedily address the issue of the Ishuwa village by putting up culverts, as this will enable people of Ihaha, Ivilivinzi, Mbalasinte, Nsundwa and Kasika to have access to the Ngoma Highway that leads to Katima Mulilo.
As much as we celebrate the completion of this road and its economic and social spin-offs, this road construction is incomplete without the culverts being constructed over Ishuwa and adjacent small canals.
I hope this message will be taken seriously, and that I will before the end of the year be invited to come and witness the constructions of these culverts.