Lutombi confident about completion of northern roads

08 Mar 2017 18:10pm
OSHAKATI, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – Roads Authority (RA) Chief Executive Officer, Conrad Lutombi is confident that the company will deliver the long awaited roads in the north by end of this year.
Lutombi was giving an update on Wednesday on the ongoing construction of the Okatana-Endola and Uuukwiyu-Uushona roads which were due for completion last year.
On the Okatana-Endola road, Lutombi said the delays were caused by budgetary constraints experienced last year and a change of contractors due to differences.
He said the new contractors were nearing completion and by May this year, the road would be open and ready for use.
“The current contractors are doing a great job and I have confidence in them. They will be done by the promised time,” he said.
The 27 kilometre road, incorporating a dike, which stretches to Onhuno was supposed to be completed in November 2016. However, this was not the case and it resulted in water being unable to flow the way it was supposed to, causing many houses in the area to be flooded.
Oshana Region Governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa expressed disappointment over the delays during a meeting held between his office and the RA.
“Drivers are now forced to use the edge of the road full of water. The portion is very small and accidents are likely to happen,” Kashuupulwa told the RA.
On the Uuukwiyu-Uushona road in the Omusati Region, Lutombi said the RA is faced with a challenge of completing the Uuukwiyu stretch because of a shortage of materials.
He said with this road too they faced budget issues although contractors were ready to continue working on the road, adding that the RA was confident that all these roads will be functional by the end of the year.