15 Mar 2019 17:20pm
ONHUNO, 15 MAR (NAMPA) Vice President Nangolo Mbumba on Friday opened the 39 kilometre Okatana-Onhuno road, which was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 200 million.
Mbumba said the huge investment was worth it as the road will provide a direct link between Oshakati and Oshikango, diverting a lot of traffic from the busy road between Oshakati and Ondangwa through Ongwediva.
Another important link is the Trans-Cunene corridor as the road connects to Oshikango, Outapi and Ruacana, enabling people to now connect from the western parts of the country to the east through the Eenhana-Okongo-Nkurenkuru-Rundu road linking to the Trans-Zambezi Highway.
The vice president noted that the road will also stimulate economic growth and enhance the agricultural sector in the northern regions.
Agriculture is the main economic activity of the majority of the people throughout the northern regions and any improvement to enhance this sector will, as a result, have a major impact on the living standards of our people, Mbumba said.
He said the construction of the road which commenced in 2015 employed 600 local people and 16 small and medium enterprises earned N.dollars 30 million during the project, while sub-contractors earned N.dollars 187 million.
The road was built by Tecnonam and Otesa Joint Ventures on behalf of the Roads Authority.
I want to assure the nation that despite the economic headwinds our country faces, our Government will ensure that all planned projects are executed and completed, Mbumba said.
However, Mbumba stressed that despite Governments efforts to upgrade roads and construct new ones, road accidents are a sad daily reality, which is a great concern to the Government.
Motorists should emulate Governments efforts at least by observing and complying with road safety regulations at all times, he said.