Road from Okahandja to Ovitoto tarred

13 October 2021 | Infrastructure

ENZO AMUELE

WINDHOEK

A 41-kilometre stretch of the Ovitoto road was inaugurated last week, completing phase one of the project.

It includes more than 30 culverts to accommodate seasonal floods and a concrete drift where the road crosses a branch of the Swakop River.

The project was started two years ago by the Roads Authority (RA) in collaboration with the Road Fund Administration.

The objective was to improve road access for local communities who used to be cut off from key services during the rainy season.

The governor of the Otjozondjupa Region, James Uerika, who opened the route, said a good road network was vital for national growth.

“As we all know, the lack of access to a suitable road has had an impact on our communities' businesses, agriculture, and day-to-day lives in the Ovitoto Settlement area. As a result, the project's completion will provide much-needed uninterrupted access during the rainy season, as well as good developments for our people in this area," he said.

Development

Uerika further noted that the government was aware of the high levels of unemployment in the Otjozondjupa Region, particularly in the Okandjira, Osekari and Okongwati areas.

“It is my sincere hope that the completion of this project will lead to improved social benefits and a general enhancement of the living conditions of the Ovitoto community,” he said.

Randy Ngandajao, an Ovitoto resident, thanked everyone who helped make this project a success.

“I have lived in the Ovitoto area for over 20 years and it has always been a chore to navigate around the gravel road, especially during the rainy season,” he said.

Conrad Lutombi, RA's chief executive officer, said road construction in the region was progressing well.

“Next year, we will begin with a phase from Okandjira to Midgard, which is approximately 25 kilometres, and then we will proceed from Midgard to join the road leading to the airport," he said.

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