Rural economic development linked to better roads – Geingob
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob said the completion of the Namalubi-Isize-Luhonono road is an indication that the Namibian government is committed to connecting rural communities to the country’s main economy.
Geingob said this during the official opening of a road in Kabbe North constituency in the Zambezi region on Friday.
The 52 kilometer road is fully funded by the government at a cost of N $ 740 million.
“This road will provide residents with the ability to engage in commercial activities, thereby obtaining sustainable income and financial opportunities,” Geingob said.
He said the government had provided local communities, which were in the past isolated by annual flooding, a sustainable all-season road.
According to Geingob, the Harambee Prosperity Plan II pledged to complete ongoing asphalt road construction through 2025, as this would strengthen Namibia’s position as a transportation and logistics hub.
He then called on the residents of Luhonono to take care of the new road, stressing that its construction was neither cheap nor easy.
“I strongly urge you to drive very carefully on this road. Our roads are of a high standard, so our driving must also be of a high standard.
“You must obey the rules of the road and make sure our roads are paths to opportunity and happiness, not highways of carnage and tragedy,” he said.
Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa, who was also speaking at the event, said the Namibian economy is growing at its potential rate as a number of people are employed due to the acceleration of road construction.
“Our goal is nothing less than a transformation of the Namibian transport network to match our position in the socio-economic sector,” he said.
Profysen Muluti, vice chairman of the road authority board, said the authority is currently busy upgrading a total of 21 kilometers of access road to low volume sealed bitumen standards on the island. from Impalila.
The authority is also planning to build a road from Katima Mulilo to Impalila Island via Kasika and Nakabolelwa, he said.
“In addition, the 60 km long district road 3507 (from Bukalo via Muyako to Ngoma) will be upgraded for bitumen,” he said.
According to Muluti, they will also regain several other roads to the standards of low volume of sealed bitumen.