Okondjatu residents rejoice over new tar road

17 Mar 2017 17:00pm
OKONDJATU, 17 MAR (NAMPA) – Hundreds of Okondjatu residents on Thursday celebrated the opening of the newly-completed section of the tarred road between Gobabis and Grootfontein with some cultural performances.
The more than 110 kilometre road stretches between Otjinene and Okamatapati and is known as section one.
This section of the road was on Thursday inaugurated by President Hage Geingob at Okondjatu in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The final section is the stretch between Okamatapati and Grootfontein of about 101 kilometres that will be launched in July this year.
Most of the residents Nampa spoke to at Okondjatu on Thursday thanked government for investing resources in the upgrading of the gravel road between Otjinene and Okamatapati to bitumen standard.
Florence Kaeruka, a resident of Okondjatu, said the road will assist people to travel easily between Gobabis, Otjinene, Okondjatu and Grootfontein.
“I am happy for this new tarred road which passes near our village, and it will make our movements easier,” she said.
Another resident, 78-year-old Ewald Hei, said the journey between the towns and villages used to be long and stressful.
He said the new road is a catalyst for transportation of goods and services and people’s travels between the respective areas.
Okakarara Constituency Councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu in an interview with Nampa on Thursday said the new road is an investor magnet to the villages alongside it.
“I therefore call upon the local community members to build lodges and other sleeping facilities alongside this road,” he said.
Kandorozu said most truck drivers who come to Namibia from South Africa en route to Angola or Zambia can use this road to transport their goods.
The new bitumen standard road between Gobabis and Grootfontein links the Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions via the Otjinene-Okondjatu and Okamatapati settlements.
Construction on the project started in December 2013, and will cost Government over N.dollars 575 million once the entire project is completed.