02 Dec 2013 16:20pm
AMINUIS, 02 DEC (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Monday officially launched the construction phase of the MR19 Gobabis-Aranos road, paving the way for the much-awaited upgrading of this road.
The 246-kilometre Gobabis-Aminuis-Aranos road will be upgraded to bitumen standard, which is expected to ease transport and travel on this highly-utilised gravel road.
Although the groundbreaking ceremony was conducted on Monday, construction work on the road will only commence in mid-January 2014.
Pohamba hailed the upgrade of the road as heralding a new era in the manner in which the farmers and business people of Aminuis would conduct their operations.
The Head of State dedicated the road upgrade project to the memory of erstwhile OvaHerero leader, Chief Hosea Katjikururume Kutako a liberation hero who was a resident of Aminuis.
Kutako is credited with waging a tireless battle against South Africas occupation of Namibia by petitioning for Namibias independence at the United Nations (UN).
The time has come for this road to be worked on so that the descendants of Chief Katjikururume will no longer travel on dust roads. We owe it to his legacy to upgrade this road to bitumen standards, he noted.
Pohamba said the N.dollars 1 billion upgrade to bitumen standard of the MR19 road will pave the way for the tourism industry in the region to flourish as travel will be made faster and easier.
This road will link-up with the completed one between Gobabis and Otjinene, which will in the next few years also reach Grootfontein.
Therefore, the people of the Omaheke Region can easily connect with people as far as the Zambezi Region, and share their products and services. You can get fish from the Zambezi Region, and they can get milk from you, he stated.
President Pohamba said his administration places emphasis on the delivery of services, and therefore
only talk of things that can be either seen or touched.
Demonstrating this attribute, the Head of State highlighted a number of completed road projects as being testimony to such claims.
We have completed the upgrade on the Katwitwi-Tsumeb road, and the Windhoek-Okahandja road will be extended to a dual carriageway, while the Otjinene-Grootfontein road will also soon be upgraded to bitumen standards, he continued.
The MR19 road to Aminuis has for long been a source of concern to motorists due to its current state, which has made travelling along the road a cumbersome and often dangerous undertaking.
The upgrading is expected to secure jobs for at least 382 skilled and unskilled labourers, and will also open up opportunities for entrepreneurs from the region to offer amenities such as laundry services for the employees as well as security services and accommodation, amongst other things.
The road upgrade is expected to take between two and three years.