Nghaamwa bemoans abandonment of capital projects

09 Jul 2019 16:50pm
EENHANA, 09 JUL (NAMPA) – Governor of the Ohangwena Region, Usko Nghaamwa said he is dismayed by some contractors who are abandoning capital projects or providing poor workmanship and substandard work in the regions.
Nghaamwa said this in a speech delivered on his behalf during the State of the Region Address (SORA) at Eenhana on Tuesday.
“I am dismayed by some of the contractors whom we have been trying to empower but are unable to deliver as promised,” he stressed.
He singled out the regional office of the directorate of education at Eenhana and Onanghulo Clinic in the Ohangwena Constituency as some of the regional capital projects that were left by contractors unfinished.
“These projects have drained government finances and continue to do so, especially the regional education offices, as the staff have been renting offices at Eenhana at a very high price,” the governor said, adding that it is not yet clear as to when construction on the project will resume.
He therefore called on entrepreneurs to measure their capacities rather than just go for any project coming their way.
Government resources, he advised, are limited and need to be jealously guarded by all Namibians as they should sustain the whole nation, he added in his SORA.
Projects that have been funded are mostly delayed due to the low commitment on the part of those entrusted with such responsibilities, he added.
Approached for comment, Director of Education in the Ohangwena Region, Isak Hamatwi said works on the education office building are 24 per cent complete despite the fact that its construction was supposed to be completed this year.
The project, he continued, was not abandoned but the contract between Ministry and Andjamba Construction was terminated due to poor performance.
Construction could not resume as the Andjamba Construction is still contesting the termination of the contract and went for arbitration, he added.