19 Oct 2013 11:00am
EPAKO, 19 OCT (NAMPA) Construction work on District Road (DR) 3668 from Epako to the Omuvelo waKashamane border post of the Okalongo Constituency in the Omusati Region officially commenced here on Friday.
Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony.
The Epako-Omuvelo waKashamane Road covers a distance of 7.8km, and will be upgraded to bitumen standard over a period of 12 months at a cost of N.dollars 38 million.
The community of the Okalongo Constituency has been demanding a better road for the past 17 years.
Our dream has come true. We dreamt about this road since 1996, said Kaleb Amwele, a prominent business personality in the Okalongo Constituency in an interview with Nampa on the sidelines of the ground-breaking event.
Nghimtina said the construction of the Epako-Omuvelo waKashamane road is another landmark development in the governments programme to provide adequate transport infrastructure as a requirement for socio-economic development.
May I remind you that transport facilitates growth and development in the other sectors of the economy such as agriculture, mining and tourism, and enables our people to travel from one point to another, he stated.
In addition, Nghimtina said decent roads also contribute to Governments effort to reduce fatalities and people left disabled in road accidents.
We foresee an increase in trade because this road will facilitate access to external markets as it links to the Angolan border at Omuvelo waKashamane ,and once completed it will aid better trade routes for the local markets, the works and transport minister said.
Although construction of the Epako-Omuvelo waKashamane road will mainly involve the use of machinery, Nghimtina said approximately 40 jobs will be offered to the people living in the area.
Speaking at the same event on behalf of the Omusati regional governor Sophia Shaningwa, the Omusati regional councillor for the Oshikuku Constituency, Modestus Amutse described the construction of the road as one which will bring services closer to the people.
Amutse demanded the contractors to construct a road of good quality and not a road which will develop cracks or potholes the day after its completion.
Namibia Investment Contact cc, Tix Investment cc and Dolly Investment cc are the three contractors involved in the construction of the road.