Ongwediva fire station needs furniture
14 May 2021 | Local News
Ongwediva mayor Priest Taarah Shalyefu recently revealed that despite the completion of the fire station’s sleeping quarters, its personnel are still not able to make use of the facility due to a lack of furniture.
Speaking while tabling the town’s provisional budget on Tuesday, Shalyefu said the construction of the sleeping quarters for on-standby personnel was completed during the 2020/2021 financial year.
However, due to a lack of funds, the sleeping quarters were not fitted with furniture such as beds, chairs, kitchen facilities and gym equipment, he said.
“The current situation is not conducive for swift response and action during emergencies,” he said, adding that council has, therefore, made a provision of N$226 087 to bring the project to its logical conclusion.
According to him, the council also intends to acquire a modern fire engine with bigger capacity to respond to the town’s emergency needs.
To this end, Shalyefu said a provision of N$2 million was made in the 2020/2021 budget to serve as a first down-payment on the purchase price, explaining that the fire engine will be constructed to the council’s specifications.
“Council has budgeted over N$3.2 million for the 2021/2022 financial year to cater for the second and final instalment on the purchase price of the fire engine,” the mayor disclosed.