MCA-N in US$300 million construction programme
Eric Mhunduru - May 2011
THE property sector in Namibia is set to receive a shot in the arm following the proposed construction of two Regional Study and Resource Centres (RSRC’s) in Helao Nafidi and Oshakati as well as the renovation of additional infrastructure at 10 schools in the country’s northern region.
The development falls under the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N) Compact that makes provision for grant funding of public investments in education, tourism and agriculture.
Under this five year development programme, the compact will make available a total US$304.5 million for development in these target sectors all inclusive over and above the present Government allocations and assistance from other development partners.
This was revealed by MCA-N Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Penny Akwenye, as she announced to Prime Focus, the opening of tenders for the construction and development of the projects.
She said once on board, the company that wins the bid is expected to commence work from June 2011 and the bids are open for sectors such as renovation, masonry work, roof construction, carpentry and joinery, plumbing, electrical work and other miscellaneous work.
Of the total allocated amount, education will receive the largest portion with a total US$145 million and is expected to go a long way in boosting the aspirations of the Vision 2030 as well as the third National Development Plan’s (NDP) strategic objectives which seek to improve on the accessibility of information through libraries in view of the present low literacy levels in the country.
The project will construct approximately three RSRCs in underserved areas in an effort to improve access to documentation, information resources, training materials and programs, as well as study facilities.
She also added that technical assistance and training will be provided for the RSRCs staff.
“This activity will improve vocational and skills training through the establishment of a National Training Fund within the Namibia Training Authority. This includes funding of priority projects including tourism training, construction and renovation of approximately nine Community Based Skills Development Centres (COSDECs),” said Akwenye.
The major project is the construction of the library in the northern part of the country.
The fruition of the projects will expand access to tertiary education t...
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