10 Aug 2013 04:30
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG(NAMPA) - The Roads Authority (RA) on Friday signed agreements with two local road contractors for the upgrading of the Oshikuku-Onamutuku gravel road and the construction of a new gravel road in the Onalulago-Epembe area in the Oshana and Ohangwena regions, respectively.
The gravel road (District Road 3615) from Oshikuku to Onamutuku through the Elim Constituency in the Omusati Region is approximately 16 kilometres long. It will be upgraded to bitumen standards at a cost of about N.dollars 65,6 million.
This project will be co-financed by the Namibian Government and the country's Road Fund Administration (RFA). The local Onamagongwa Trading company is the main contractor on this project.
Onamagongwa Trading will do the upgrading work in partnership with Iinongo Trading Enterprise (close corporation-cc) as a small and medium enterprise on the project.
Furthermore, the RA also entered into a contract agreement with the Indigenous Construction company for the construction of the new gravel road of approximately 42 kilometres (District Road 3649) from Onalulago in the Oshikoto Region to Epembe in the Ohangwena Region at a cost of about N.dollars 52,6 million.
This new gravel road will be constructed using labour-based construction methods, and the Indigenous Construction company, which is the main contractor for this project, will carry out the work together with other small and medium enterprises (SMEs) - Kapandu Construction CC, Pirose Investment CC, TNT Nambahu Trading & Project, RN Mavenjono Enterprises CC and as well as the T and P Trading Enterprises CC.
This second project is solely financed by the Namibian Government.
Speaking at the official signing of the two contract agreements here on Friday afternoon, the RA's Acting Chief Executive Officer Conrad Lutombi expressed his sincere appreciation to both the Namibian Government and the RFA for continuously availing the needed funds in order to develop and expand the country's national road network to acceptable international standards.
As a country, we should create a sustainable road sector which is ahead of the national and regional economic needs in pursuit of our policy of Vision 2030, said Lutombi.
He then called on the leadership of the two main contractors and the management of the SMEs to do quality work, saying he is looking forward to the successful completion of the two projects within the given period of time.
Work on the two projects will start within two weeks from the day of signing the contracts, and will create employment opportunities for about 410 Namibians.