16 Mar 2017 20:20pm
OKONDJATU, 16 MAR (NAMPA) The new bitumen standard road between Otjinene and Okamatapati was on Thursday officially inaugurated by President Hage Geingob.
The road, a section of the Gobabis-Grootfontein road which is under construction, links the Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions via the settlements of Otjinene, Okondjatu and Okamatapati.
Work on the road started in December 2013 and over N.dollars 575 million is being spent on the project.
The new tarred road that was inaugurated on Thursday covers a distance of more than 110 kilometres.
Another section, a stretch of about 101 kilometres between Okamatapati and Grootfontein, will be officially opened in July this year.
Geingob in his official remarks at Okondjatu said road infrastructure is a key prerequisite for social and economic development.
He said in Namibia, road transport is the most popular mode of travel and it is vital for the road network to connect the regions, particularly rural areas with urban centres, to stimulate commerce, investment and the movement of people, goods and services.
Geingob said poor road infrastructure hinders the countrys ability to attract and retain foreign investment opportunities.
The fact that this section of the new road forms part of the southern African regional trunk road, linking Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana with Angola via Namibia, further magnifies the economic and regional significance.
The President said no matter what the cost of new road infrastructure development, the Namibian Government will continue to support the completion of the upgrading of the gravel road between Otjinene and Grootfontein to bitumen standard.
More than 300 job opportunities have been created through the project.
China Henan International Cooperation has been contracted to build the road.