07 Sep 2011 - Story by Helvy Shaanika
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OSHAKATI - The Deputy Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Priscilla Beukes, recently inaugurated a community hall and unveiled a new street at Ruacana.
Beukes inaugurated the road, christened 'President Road' and the hall, named 'Ruacana Community Hall' that cost N$1.6 million to construct.
In her keynote address the deputy minister said the construction of the hall was part of the government's commitment towards the implementation of the decentralisation policy.
She said the government devolved its services from central government to regional and local authorities' levels, which maximise the participation of the people in the planning, decision-making and implementation of government policies and programmes that affect their lives.
"The construction of the community hall is in line with a wider and democratic participation of all our people in the social and economic development of our country," Beukes said.
She said the decentralisation policy holds many benefits for the people as it incorporates developmental activities that are initiated from the grassroots level.
Also speaking at the event was the Mayor of Ruacana Town Council Andreas Shintama, who said many development projects, including the construction of community hall, had benefited the communities by creating employment.
Shintama added that over the past years his town council had managed to carry out a number of notable infrastructural development such as street lighting projects, fencing of residential erven in Oshifo, the upgrading and construction of the sewer pump stations, fencing of sewerage ponds, construction of public toilets, as well as the provision of water to formal and informal settlement areas.
Ruacana Town, which borders with Angola in northern Namibia, was upgraded to a town council last year.
This was after its status was improved from a settlement to a village council in 2005.