NPC Director General visits Kunene Projects
Windhoek- The Director General of the National Planning Commission, Mr. Tom K. Alweendo, recently embarked on a field visit to selected NGSIP (Namibian German Special Initiative Programme) supported projects in the Kunene region, mainly in the Opuwo and Epupa Constituencies. The purpose of the visit was for the Director-General to acquaint himself with the situation on the ground and to determine the reasons why the NGSIP construction projects have come to a standstill in the two Constituencies, and secondly, to see the status of selected projects himself.
The visit was in response to some concerns that were raised by the leadership in the Region about the slow progress of the construction works. This was caused by a contractor failing to meet deadlines which forced the Programme to appoint a new contractor.
The Director- General assured the Governor of Kunene Region, Hon. Joshua //Hoebeb, at an introductory meeting that took place at the Governor’s office that the National Planning Commission is committed to making sure that everything is completed as per communities requests and that everything runs smoothly. “Implementation did not take place within the planned timeframe, that’s why we came to visit the projects, to get an idea, and where possible to speed up projects and ensure that projects are completed on time,” said Alweendo.
The areas visited on the first day were Otjitoko, Otjondeka, Otjetjekua, and Kephas Muzuma where school hostel infrastructure is being constructed, with the final stop for the day being in Orumana where the Programme has funded a borehole. On the second day the delegation visited Okanguati in the Epupa Constituency where the NGSIP has funded a food- for- work road rehabilitation project between Otjitanda and Okanguati. Different Government officials from the Region also accompanied the delegation during site visits.
To date the following projects are being implemented in the Kunene Region; nine school -infrastructure projects in the Epupa and Opuwo Constituencies at a total cost of N$ 19, 315,454. Rural water supply projects in Orumana in Opuwo Constituency and at Okahozu in the Epupa Constituency at the total cost of N$ 1, 355,574, and lastly the food –for- work road rehabilitation project between Otjitanda and Okanguati in the Epupa Constituency at a total cost of N$ 232,000 and is still to co-fund an additional N$ 200,000 for the same project.
These projects are funded by the German government as part of an agreement with the Namibian government which allowed the implementation of the NGSIP with a total budget of nearly N$ 400 million. The Programme is mainly focused on improving the living conditions of communities in the Karas, Hardap, Khomas, Omaheke, Kunene, Otjozondjupa and Erongo regions. The Programme is due to end in November 2014.
Caption: Pic 1 The delegation in front of the Governor’s office in Opuwo.
Caption: Pic 2 The delegation with kids at Kephas Muzuma Combined School.