23 Oct 2013 09:20am
GOBABIS, 23 OCT (NAMPA) The Omaheke Region will soon have its own Regional Study and Resource Centre to cater for the lack of education and research facilities in the region.
This project is being sponsored by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Namibia, in conjunction with the Gobabis Municipality to the tune of N.dollars 47 million.
Considerable progress has been made on the construction of the centre, which will be stationed next to the Legare Stadium at the town.
Construction started in late 2012.
The area next to the stadium is a hive of activity, as construction trucks make their way in and out of the site, while builders are seen laying foundations and doing some construction work.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Gobabis Municipality, Ephraim Dawids told Nampa on Wednesday that the centre will be the biggest in the region.
It is expected to serve as an educational resource centre, while it will also cater for many community activities, especially with regards to meetings and recreation, he enthused.
The development forms part of the town's drive to boost investment prospects in the region, and also aims to improve the lives of its residents through the provision of better services.
Gobabis only has one library, situated in the town's Central Business District (CBD), which makes it difficult for especially school-children based in Epako - the town's largest residential area - to gain access to vital information and research.
The proposed new centre will be conveniently located just a stones throw from Epako, along the road leading to the Gobabis CBD.
It will house a library, which will accommodate about 35 000 books; as well as a computer and audio-visual unit which can accommodate up to 80 people at a time.
No date has been set for the completion of the centre.
NMC Construction, owned by former NamPower Managing Director Leake Hangala, was awarded the tender for the construction of the centre.