OHANGWENA Regional Governor Usko Nghaamwa’s dream came true when he officially commissioned the construction of a hostel at the Omungwelume Senior Secondary School.
Nghaamwa has since last year spearheaded the project construction of the hostel by mobilizing resources and providing much-needed assistance to the school.
He said that his heart was touched when he saw the sorry state of affairs at the school where many learners had either to camp outside the school or rent rooms in the nearby informal settlement, a situation that contributed to moral decay.
In his personal capacity, Nghaamwa donated 30 bags of omahangu to the school to enable it to set up a feeding scheme last year.
“I could not ignore the situation,” he said.
The Ohangwena Regional Council, which administers the Omungwelume settlement, allocated a piece of land where hostel facilities are going to be built.
A fundraising campaign that was launched to meet the government halfway has collected close to N$600 000 plus 58 800 standard bricks, 100 cubic meters of sand, 20 cubic meters of stones and 240 bags of cement.
However, the lion’s share of N$6, 5 million to fund the project came from the Ministry of Education.
The principal of the school, George Nanghanda, said that the construction will start right away to ensure that the hostel would be ready for next year’s intake.
He said that nine construction companies were contracted to speed up the process.
Each contractor was given 90 days to complete their share of the project.
The hostel will have a capacity to accommodate 256 children – 128 boys and an equal number of girls.