17 Dec 2013 13:20pm
EENHANA, 17 DEC (NAMPA) The Namibian Government is getting closer and closer to achieving its objective of expanding national road and rail infrastructure across the country to advance economic growth and social development for the benefit of all people.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba said this during the groundbreaking ceremony for the upgrading to bitumen standard of the Main Road (MR) 121 between Oshigambo and Eenhana in the Oshikoto and Ohangwena regions respectively.
The groundbreaking event took place at the forest town of Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region on Monday.
Namibia inherited road infrastructure with modern roads which were mainly designed to serve the military and strategic interests of the colonial regimes, Pohamba noted.
This, he said, limited the potential for economic development in the regions and deprived the majority of the people of the benefits that come with road infrastructure, as they did not have easy access to essential services.
He further stated that after Independence, the government introduced a fundamental policy shift, with deliberate focus on the expansion of the existing infrastructure, construction of rural and feeder roads to facilitate access to economic centres and markets, as well as roads that link Namibia with neighbouring countries.
The Oshigambo-Eenhana Road, Pohamba said, will improve the general accessibility to vital centres in the Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions.
It will also provide access to smaller settlements across the regions, the Head of State noted.
The MR 121, which is currently a gravel road, covers a distance of 48 kilometres, and will be constructed at the cost of over N.dollars 3 million by the government.
A few days ago, the President officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony for the upgrading of the Gobabis-Aminius-Aranos road, followed by the launch of upgrading work on the Windhoek-Okahandja road on Monday last week.