RUNDU – Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa says prioritising good roads will not only increase intra-village, constituency and regional trade but also reduce poverty, as it attracts and increases business potential, as well as socio-economic-cultural-educational interactions of people.
“These are the reasons why building a secure road infrastructure network is one of the many policy priorities of our government,” Mutorwa said while officially opening the reconstructed 5.2km stretch of Dr Sam Nujoma Drive and the upgrading of a 10.1km Maria Mwengere Road on Thursday at Rundu.
The Dr Sam Nujoma Drive phase one and two, combined to 5.2km in total, cost the Road Fund Administration N$37 million. It was constructed by the China Hainan International Company (CHICO).
The Maria Mwengere Road, which stretches from Rundu going east to Kayengona village, cost N$30 million for the 10.1km low traffic volume seal and was constructed by Roadhart CC.
“The completion of these projects is indeed a confirmation of our governments’ stated policy commitment to accelerate transport infrastructure development to improve economic growth and improve closer collaboration and cooperation between various spheres of our government to enhance public service delivery,’’ he noted.
The completion of these roads will now mean the upgraded roads will ensure a reduction in transportation costs for road users.
“Today, we are very happy to see that residents of Rundu and surrounding areas are now also enjoying the benefits of better and maintained roads. Allow me to extend my sincere appreciation to the RA for rendering technical assistance and RFA for the financial support,” he noted.