Billions go into infrastructure development at Defence

05 Aug 2019 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 AUG (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Defence (MoD) spent close to N.dollars 6 billion on infrastructure development, its latest financial report up to the end of the 2017/18 financial year (FY) indicated.
The report, recently submitted to the National Assembly (NA) by Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, also showed that the ministry undertook 13 construction projects that will conclude between 2020 and 2030.
As of 31 March 2017, the ministry had incurred N.dollars 5.4 billion on these development projects while its expenditure on construction for 2017/18 stood at N.dollars 441.8 million, taking the total amount spent to N.dollars 5.8 billion.
They include the upgrading of Leopards Valley Military Base on which the government has thus far spent N.dollars 319 million of the N.dollars 575.2 million budget ceiling earmarked for it.
Another project is the construction of the Keetmanshoop Military Base on which N.dollars 140.5 million was used to date.
Both projects are due to conclude in 2020, according to the report.
On the construction of Walvis Bay Naval Base, N.dollars 312.3 million was spent while N.dollars 3.9 billion was spent on research and development which runs until 2030.
In the meantime, N.dollars 211.7 million has been spent on the construction of the Karibib Airport Air Force Base.
So far, the ministry spent N.dollars 13.2 million on feasibility studies, design and supervision of military bases, and N.dollars 49 million and N.dollars 56.6 million on the construction of Oshivelo Army Battle School and Gobabis Military Base respectively.
To date, the construction of the Oluno as well as the upgrading of the Otjiwarongo military bases cost N.dollars 145.5 million and N.dollars 62.2 million in that order.
More so, N.dollars 417.7 million went towards the rehabilitation of old bases countrywide.
On the construction of the General Military Referral Hospital, N.dollars 39.8 million was spent.
The upgrading of the Osona Military Base and construction of Mpacha Military Base cost taxpayers N.dollars 23 million and N.dollars 28.1 million respectively.
The ministry received N.dollars 5.9 billion from the State treasury during the 2019/20 FY, making it the fourth-highest recipient, behind education (N.dollars 13.8 billion), finance (N.dollars 10.8 billion) and health (N.dollars 6.9 billion).