Governor of Ohangwena region, Hon. Usko Nghaamwa with members of parliament during the courtesy call on his office today
|Story by George Sanzila
Eenhana - Ohangwena regional Governor, Hon. Usko Nghaamwa has reiterated the need to empower regional councils to manage their own development efforts. Hon. Nghaamwa noted that doing so would speed regional development and avert delays in the implementation of projects. He said this during a meeting with the parliamentary standing committee on economics and public administration that is doing its oversight work of inspecting capital projects in various regions including Ohangwena.
According to Hon. Nghaamwa, non-implementation of capital projects has become so pervasive that inhabitants of the region have begun to put the blame on the regional leadership that, in reality has no implementation powers. “Central government is not involving us in national projects. As the regional leadership, we don’t even have a budget. Everything is run from Windhoek. We don’t even have contingency funds. When a disaster occurs, we have to wait for central government”, lamented Hon. Nghaamwa.
Hon. Erickson Ndawanifa, Chairperson of management Committee and regional Councillor for Omulonga constituency concurred adding that the lack of coordination has adversely affected progress and that the procurement process was another stumbling block to regional development. “There is poor coordination between regional and central government and this is hampering the progress and implementation of projects. Some of the projects have even fallen out even though they once appeared in the MTEF. Its about time government gets serious with the devolution stage of decentralisation”, implored Ndawanifa.
The Parliamentary Committee, chaired by Hon. Heather Sibungo is inspecting multiple projects in the Ohangwena region such as the rehabilitation, upgrading and re construction of oxidation ponds of sewer system, construction of access roads and the completion of the Okatana – Endola and Onuhno road among others.
Other members of Parliament making up the committee include Hons. Annakletha Sikerete, Loide Shinavene and Elifas Dingara.