Namibian people in rural areas suffer and were isolated because of lack of access to roads: Minister

OMAHENGE: Namibian people in rural areas have suffered too long and were isolated because of a lack of access to roads, the Minister of Works and Transport Erkki Nghmtina says.

He said this at the Omahenge village yesterday during the official opening of a newly-constructed gravel road stretching from Onayena in the Oshikoto Region to Omahenge in the Ohangwena Region.

Nghimtina told those present that the government is committed to the provision of safe and reliable access to roads in the rural areas.

With the completion of the Onayena-Omahenge road, residents of villages such as Ekaha, Oniihwa, Ondumetana and Onuuya will have access to the road.

The Onayena-Omahenge road also connects the Onankali and Elombe schools and the local clinic.

Nghimtina said the road will lead to mushrooming of various constructions, for example small retail shops and services’ industries, thereby making communities participate in increased production, provide inclusion in social activities, promote economic development and environmental sustainability.