Contractor abandons primary health care facility at Nkurenkuru

25 Apr 2017 08:50am
NKURENKURU, 25 APR (NAMPA) - A contractor appointed to construct a primary health care facility at Nkurenkuru that was supposed to have been completed in 2015, said he has been waiting for material from South Africa for the past two years.
Shafombabi Eedopi Construction was supposed to complete the facility on 15 April 2015 but until now has only completed 70 per cent of the work.
Of the budgeted N.dollars 28 million, N.dollars 22 million has already been spent.
Approached for comment on Monday, the contractor, Andrew Shafombabi, said he had not abandoned the site and is waiting for material he ordered from South Africa.
He said he will resume work on the project next week.
Nicodemus Chidhakwa, the capital projects regional coordinator for the two Kavango regions in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, briefed Vice-President Nickey Iyambo on Thursday about the project.
Chidhakwa said the contractor still needs to install a generator, electrical wiring and fire extinguishers.
“The building also has many defects that the contractor has to come back and repair,” he said. Some of these defects affect the external sewerage system, sanitary fittings, ceilings, doors and some of the floors, as well as the water tank and water tower.
Chidhakwa, who is an electrical engineer, said the Ministry of Works and Transport might have to identify a new company to complete the facility.
“We tried to engage the contractor in 2015 and gave him extra time up to October 2015 to tell us what his challenges are, but he abandoned the site,” he said.
Iyambo’s tour of both Kavango East and West started last Thursday and ends Tuesday.
He is accompanied by Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa, Deputy Minister of Environment Tommy Nambahu and senior officials from the Office of the President.