Ongwediva road upgrade faces delay

30 April 2021 | Economics

The contractor failed on several occasions to attend site meetings. – Jackson Muma, Spokesperson: Ongwediva town council

ONGWEDIVA – The Ongwediva town council has terminated a tender awarded to Neu Olulya Trading to upgrade Church Street to bitumen standard, following non-performance on the part of the company.

Church Street is approximately 1.6 kilometres long, stretching from Abraham Nyambali Street to Kahumba Kandola Street and once the upgrade is completed, it is expected to connect various institutions to important services in the town.

The council’s spokesperson, Jackson Muma, said the N$6.3-million project, which was awarded in November last year, was scheduled to take eight months to complete.

Until April 2021, Muma stated, no significant progress had been made despite numerous communication addressed to the contractor.

“The contractor also failed on several occasions to attend site meetings, which are crucial to track progress,” he said.

The delay has compromised the projected completion period and does not conform to the standards and values of the Ongwediva town council and its residents.

According to Muma, the council will restart the bidding process in due course in order to get the project done, although with an extended period of time.

Efforts to get comment from the contractor were futile as his cell phone appeared to be switched off and a text message sent to him also remained unanswered. - Nampa