Works ministry owes contractors N$700 million

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WINDHOEK, 01 March 2017- Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb speaking at the launch of TransNamibs new six C23EMP Locomotive, 90 Sulphuric Acid Tankers and two Cargo Handling Equipment in the capital on Wednesday. (Photo by: Etuna Shikalepo) NAMPA

Albertina Nakale
Windhoek

With the budgetary constraints felt across many sectors during the last financial year the Ministry of Works and Transport also finds itself in a financial predicament, owing millions on unpaid invoices submitted for road and railway projects.
The Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb, last week did not shy away from telling the

National Assembly that the ministry owes a combined total N$702.759 million in unpaid invoices for road and rail works done during the 2016/17 financial year.

!Naruseb, who was presenting the 2017/18 national budget for the Ministry of Works and Transport in parliament last week, said a total amount of N$168.746 million is outstanding for railway infrastructure management.

The outstanding amount is far higher than the total N$100.582 million allocated for this financial year for the same programme (railway infrastructure management).
For road transport infrastructure, the ministry owes N$534.013 million for 2016/17 which is slightly higher than the N$481.187 million total budget allocated to the same programme during the 2017/18 financial year.

In total the ministry owes about N$702.759 million for both crucial programmes.
The ministry received a total amount of N$3.724 billion for all its seven programmes during the 2017/18 financial year.

The minister said he was grateful for the assistance the ministry received from the treasury to make budgetary provisions to settle the outstanding invoices to an amount of N$581.769 million during this financial year.

“However, this leaves a shortfall of N$120.9 million,” he said.
The seven programmes which he motivated for budget approval include air transport administration, meteorological services administration, maritime legislation administration, formulation of transportation policy and regulation oversight, planning and development of transportation infrastructure and centralized support services administration.

Under air transport administration resorts aircraft accident investigations (N$8.292 million), government air transport services (N$30.638 million) and civil aviation air navigation services, which received a total allocation of N$907.446 million.
!Naruseb revealed that Namibia has some 581 aerodromes covering the full spectrum of commercial, economic and private uses.

These include 27 owned by the ministry, four by the tourism and environment ministry, two by the Namibia Defence Force, nine by Namibia Airports Company (NAC), three by municipal councils and 536 by private individuals.

Further, he said the ministry was mandated by Cabinet to relocate Opuwo aerodrome away from the town.
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he ministry was furthermore directed to rehabilitate the Katima Mulilo aerodrome and also to manage the provision and maintenance of 27 state-owned aerodromes.

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