Tourism centre aims to attract visitors to Gibeon

By: Rafael Hangula

GIBEON: The N.dollars 25 million tourism centre currently under construction here is expected to attract local and foreign visitors to the village, says Gibeon Constituency councilor Jeremias Gregory van Neel.

The centre is being constructed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry with assistance of the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC).

The NDC promotes, develops and support all sectors of the Namibian economy for sustained economic growth and the economic empowerment of its people in conformity with the development strategies and policies of the Government of Namibia.

Gibeon is situated 60 kilometers south of Mariental with a total population of 3 500.

Construction started last year, and is expected to end in October 2015. The centre will comprise of overnight facilities, a laundry and kiosk. The Gibeon Village Council management will not prescribe what will be sold in the kiosk as it will depend on the person renting it.

The councilor told Nampa on Friday that he is pleased with the smooth running of development in his village.

“Visitors will enjoy the place, and I am so optimistic about the project because it is my first project,” said van Neel.

He said many people will be turning up to Gibeon to see the place, and that will also attract many people to come and set up other development projects in the area.

The councilor said the tourism centre is expected to create temporary and permanent jobs to local people. Many locals are already employed in the construction of the building, enabling them to support their families financially and with other needs.

Van Neel indicated that the government has budgeted between N.dollars 60 million and N.dollars 80 million for development projects at the village, and these are still under discussion by the village council management.

He said they are fortunate because a rural development centre is expected to be constructed in their village in a very short time within 2015.

This centre to cost about N.dollars 45 million aims to provide skills and training to rural people to help them improve their living standards.

“The development at Gibeon is going well so far, and more development is expected to reach the village in a very short time” he said.

On 07 January this year, the councilor held an information-sharing meeting with Gibeon residents in which more developmental ideas were sought from the residents, while information about the process of applying for land to settle on was also provided.

He said the residents of Gibeon need to air their problems in order to be dealt with accordingly.