15 Sep 2016 10:30am
EENHANA, 15 SEP (NAMPA) Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb says although Namibia at independence inherited existing road infrastructure, the roads were mostly concentrated in the central and coastal parts of Namibia.
He said this while officially inaugurating the 48 kilometre (km) Oshigambo-Eenhana main road near Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday.
According to !Naruseb, the northern, eastern and north-eastern parts of the country were neglected before independence in 1990.
Thus, after independence, a drastic policy shift was implemented by our government with a deliberate focus on expanding the existing infrastructure and construction of rural and feeder roads to facilitate market areas and construction of roads to link Namibia with neighbouring countries, he noted.
After 26 years of independence, !Naruseb said, major road construction projects have been completed and a number of others are underway.
The road has been upgraded from gravel to bitumen standard at a cost of approximately N.dollars 190 million.
This project is one of our governments efforts to expand the feeder road network to provide access to the rural community in line with the Millennium Development Goals and Vision 2030, the Works and Transport Minister stated.
The Oshigambo-Eenhana road connects the Oshikoto Region to the Ohangwena Region towards the northern Namibia-Angola border.
!Naruseb pointed out that the will provide easier access to smaller settlements such as Oshiweda, Omahenge, Oshaango, Ititoka, Onambutu, Onakambutu, Onakatumbe and Ondikwanyama.
The completion of this road means shorter travelling times, no dust, better quality of life and better access to a whole range of services, he said.
A joint venture between Namibbeton and KL Contractor started the upgrading of the road in February 2014 and completed it in September last year.