RFA sets aside over N.dollars 1 billion for road maintenance

03 Jul 2019 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 JUL (NAMPA) – Road Fund Administration (RFA) Chief Executive Officer Ali Ipinge said the company has set aside N.dollars 1.1 billion to preserve and improve road asset quality for the 2019/20 financial year.
Ipinge revealed this on Wednesday when he appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration.
He said N.dollars 244 million is earmarked to rehabilitate roads and several bridges around the country while N.dollars 137 million is meant to construct a one stop shop for the Namibian Traffic Information System (NaTIS) office in Windhoek.
He added that N.dollars 38 million is to acquire vehicles, equipment and training for the Traffic Law Enforcement department.
While appreciating the work done by the RFA, committee member Salmon Fleermuys from the Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) said he is not happy with the conditions of several roads in the south, especially the road between Gibeon and Tses, saying it needs rehabilitation.
Ipinge said the fund is well aware of the situation in the south and is already busy with the said road which is expected to be completed after 14 months.
He however stressed that the rehabilitation of roads is required all over the country as the fund is also planning to maintain and upgrade gravel roads countrywide.
“Yes we are aware of that problem, but it is not only in the south, it is a national problem, we are also targeting to maintain and upgrade gravel roads in the country,” he said.
The CEO further pointed out that the fund is facing challenges of acquiring land as the Central Procurement Board of Namibia takes long to approve projects that will see it build more offices to complement the 40 centres that already exist countrywide.
These centres, he added are not sufficient to cater to all clients, something that causes congestion at some centres.