N.dollars 50 million needed to complete UNAM Southern Campus

An amount of close to N.dollars 50 million still need to be secured for the completion of the first phase of the University of Namibia's (UNAM) Southern Campus in Keetmanshoop, Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor Erold Naomab said.

Construction of the first phase, situated in the Noordhoek residential area, was supposed to be completed last year September but due to financial constraints, was stopped.

During the President town hall meeting here in July, the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi assured that funds will be made available and the constructions will be completed towards the end of this year.

To date constructions has not resume and according to Naomab constructions will not resume anytime soon as funds are not yet available.

In an interview with Nampa on Thursday here Naomab said the Ministry is working closely with the university and other stakeholders to ensure that the funds are made available adding that the completion of the constructions still remains a top priority to the university.

All I know is that the funds will be secured, we must know that the funds will be secure in at least two financial years but management remains committed to the completion of the constructions, he said.

The construction of the first phase is expected to cost the university over N.dollars 80 million. Construction started in August 2016 and the main contractors are Babyface Civils and China Jiangxi International.

On completion, it will amongst others house four lecture halls, four geoscience laboratories, one classroom, administration offices, a disability access ramp, lecturers' offices, a boardroom, ablution facilities and study areas.

The university currently uses temporary facilities at the Teachers' Resource Centre in the KrAlnlein residential area, which falls under the //Kharas Regional Council's Directorate of Education.

Source: Namibia Press Agency