OMUTHIYA – One hundred and ten toilets will be constructed during this financial year in Oshikoto Region through the regional council, in addition to the 87 toilets that were constructed in the previous financial year.
The sum of N$2 million was set aside for this purpose.
Oshikoto chief regional officer Frans Enkali said the sanitation programme is a priority of the region. This, he added, is in line with President Hage Geingob’s Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) that aims at providing 50,000 rural toilets by 2019 and to entirely eliminate the unhygienic bucket toilet system designed in the colonial era for blacks.
“The project will cover all the eleven constituencies, hence this translates that ten toilets will be built in each constituency during this financial year. However, there will be variation in terms of labour costs due to geographical landscapes in some of the constituencies such as Guinas and Tsumeb which is rocky, as compared to others with finer soil,” stated Enkali.
On other matters, Enkali noted with concern the issue of Guinas that is the only constituency operating without an office. Previously the staff operated in a settlement office at Oshivelo. The dilemma came as a result of the delimitation of the region, which saw the formation of an additional constituency of Nehale Lya Mpingana.
Oshivelo became part of it leaving the staff without an office.
“Once funds are available we will prioritise the project for an office, which is to be built at Tsintsabis, because it is not fair that it is the only constituency without an office,” he said.