THE Namibian Government has hard at work to find a balance between allocating much needed funds to alleviate the needs of communities adversely affected by the raging drought and the national economy.
O show their support and in solidarity to the call from Government for contributions towards the drought relief programme, Contractors and Consultants on the various Roads Authority (RA) construction projects joined hands to donate a combined amount of N$345 000.
In June this year, the Roads Authority and the Road Fund Administration donated a combined amount of N$12 million towards the drought relief programme.
The RA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Conrad Lutombi, accompanied by the Contractors and Consultants handed over the donation to the Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
Mr. Lutombi emphasized that the contributions made by the Road Construction Sector were intended to help meet the Government’s efforts in these difficult times.
Upon receiving the donation the Prime Minister thanked the Road Construction Sector for their generous donation in support of national efforts. The Prime Minister said that in spite of economic difficulties, Government has been trying hard to respond to the needs of the affected communities by allocating funding, while at the same time making every effort to protect the economy.
“Therefore, Government very much appreciates the contributions made by the industry to this noble cause,” she said.
The Prime Minister emphasized her hopes for rain this year to help relieve the strain on farmers and the agriculture sector in general. She also pointed out that, in the absence of rain, the Disaster Risk Management Unit is trying to integrate resilience into its emergency management program.
“Through this programme, the Office of the Prime Minister will ensure that support received is not only used to respond to emergency relief efforts, but that part of Established in terms of the Roads Authority Act, 1999 (Act 17 of 1999) the contributions will be directed towards minimizing the impact when emergencies arise, such as taking water to the communities, expanding irrigation schemes and the diversifying of agriculture produce amongst others.”
Companies from the road construction sector that made monetary contributions are: CMC/Otesa JV, Zhong Mei, Unik Construction Engineering, China Railway Seventh Group Namibia, China Henan International Cooperation Group (Chico Namibia); Brandberg Construction and Burmeister & Partners.
Tau Pele Construction Namibia has also pledged to donate 30 tons of much-needed animal feed to the drought relief programme.