Shaningwa demands rehabilitation of Etaka Dam

27 Jan 2014 11:20am
OUTAPI, 27 JAN (NAMPA) – The Omusati regional governor strongly believes that the rehabilitation and deepening of the Olushandja/Etaka Dam and construction of earth dams will be solutions to the region’s water problems.
Sophia Shaningwa said this whilst speaking during the official opening of the Omusati Regional Council (ORC) operational year 2014 at Outapi in the region last Friday.
“Let us campaign for these projects to get funding in order to ensure water security for this region and other regions,” she stated, adding that there must be no excuse in availing funds for earth dams and other related water facilities in the region.
Shaningwa then suggested that the Etaka-Uuvudhiya Canal, which provides water to people in the southeast of the region up to the Uuvudhiya Constituency of the Oshana Region, should also be rehabilitated into a proper canal unlike its current form where water is wasted into the ground.
Water is currently pumped from the Etaka Dam situated in the Omusati Region’s Onesi Constituency into a ground canal leading towards the cattle posts area of Uuvudhiya.
“We are a regional council and we have the duty to advice correctly and advocate for correct matters, and not issues of wastage,” the governor explained.
According to her, Namibia cannot afford to waste water resources as water is a scarce commodity for Namibia, and as such, the need for proper planning cannot be overemphasised.
Shaningwa also told the same gathering that she was not impressed with the pace of some projects in the region.
Such projects include the construction of the Omuvelo gwaKashamane border rost road, Okathitu gravel road, Outapi sports complex, rehabilitation of Outapi District Hospital and Okahao District Hospital.