NAAHI could be realised soon: Project Director

02 Oct 2013 08:40
GOBABIS, 02 OCT (NAMPA) – The ambitious Namibia-Angola Housing Initiative (NAAHI) project, which has been placed at the forefront of the Omaheke Region’s economic development, could get off the ground soon.
NAAHI wants to construct an industrial park, a truck port, cattle auction house and a meat-packaging plant in Gobabis at a cost over N.dollars 800 million.
The Director and Chief Executive Officer of the envisioned Gobabis International Logistic Park (GILP), Jose Oliveira, said the intended development would still go on as planned.
He was speaking on Friday during a brief meeting in honour of the governor of the Angolan Province of Cuando Cubango, Francisco Higino Lopes Carneiro, who was on a short visit here.
Carneiro led a delegation of businesspeople to Omaheke to scout for possible investment opportunities.
“The NAAHI project will provide job opportunities for many locals in the Omaheke Region. This will indeed be an unprecedented development,” said Oliveira.
The Omaheke Region’s unemployment rate currently stands at 34.1 per cent.
Although no date has been set yet for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction phase of the project, Nampa has learnt that it could be soon.
The major obstacle towards the realisation of the project appears to be the attainment of land from the local authority where the initiative’s business activities will be set up.
According to the initial agreement between NAAHI and the Gobabis Municipality, the latter was expected to provide a portion of townland for the initiative.
This agreement was, however, not final as the municipality apparently only agreed in principle to avail the land, pending further negotiations which would have led to the formalisation of that agreement.
The allocation of land to the NAAHI project is currently being handled by the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, which was approached to decide whether or not to avail land to the project.
This, according to sources in the region, came after regional and local authority councillors became divided in opinion over the NAAHI project.
It was earlier reported that Swapo-Party town councillors in Gobabis had mixed feelings over the implementation of the project, simply because it was the brainchild of erstwhile Omaheke Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua.
NAAHI is a partner of a multi-million dollar business and industrial park of the South Africa-Angola Housing Initiative (SAAHI), which plans to construct over 1, 2 million houses all over Angola.