N$200 million earmarked for access roads in Ohangwena and Omusati

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Maria Amakali

Windhoek-Nearly N$200 million has been earmarked for the construction of 23 roads in Omusati and Ohangwena regions to give residents clear access to clinics and schools in the flood-prone areas. The project envisages to flood-proof 34 access roads with a combined length of 128 km.

Total project cost is approximately N$200 million, of which close to N$60 million will come from government coffers. A grant from the German Financial Corporation through KfW Development Bank will sponsor close to N$140 million for the project, which will be carried out by six Namibian emerging contractors.

The two-year project is jointly financed by the Republic of Namibia and the Federal Republic of Germany.
“We are not only talking about roads, but we address other issues in this programme: economic development through small and emerging enterprises, social progress, and last but not least the education of Namibia’s future generation,” said Alpheus !Naruseb, minister of works.

During the first phase, a total of 23 access roads with a combined length of 98 km will be constructed, all of them in the Omusati Region, which is particularly prone to flooding. The work will improve basic sand tracks leading to public facilities.

The works in Omusati will improve access to seven clinics that serve a potential 75,000 patients annually and 18 schools which employ about 400 teachers and have 9,000 learners, according to Stella Seibert-Palascino, counsellor for development cooperation at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

“It is evident that if teachers can’t reach schools, it has an impact on all learners and the continuation of education. And it does not need further explanation that, in certain cases, better access to clinics in the rainy season can have a life-saving character,” said Seibert-Palascino.

The work will improve basic sand tracks leading to public facilities. During the rainy season, the sand tracks, partly or completely, stand under water making it difficult for residents to pass them. The project will widen the roads and increase the height by 30-50 cm.

In addition, adequate drainage structures will be installed on all access roads to ensure sustainability and long life.

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  1. It’s indeed a great investment, looking at the positive impacts these developments have to bring in the lives of the mass.

    Such investment gonna boost connectivity and subsequently empowering communities that usually come at a standstill for about two months a year.

    Let’s start thinking in that direction, doing many small things for the value of the money, instead of a one block office-building in Windhoek that would cost a half billion.

    Just with another 200 million we can, drill and install over 100 fully functional solar powered boreholes (20mill), build/renovate over 360 classrooms across the country (70mill), establish at least 242 youth projects 25 mill) (2 projects in each constituency, with each project worth more than 100 000).

    Further, with the above, we are still having a balance of 85 millions to many little things that can empower the mass. What if we budget over 3 billions yearly, just to do many little things to improve or develop rural infrastructures?

    Let’s be a think-tank nation

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