Omaheke apportions N.dollars 400 000 for rural development

The Omaheke Regional Council approved the allocation of N.dollars 404 000 to be distributed amongst its seven constituencies for rural development programmes for the current financial year.

This was revealed in a media release issued by the regional council following the adoption of resolutions in its latest council assembly earlier this month.

According to the report, every constituency will be allocated just under N.dollars 58 000 respectively. The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development allocated this amount to the regional council to implement rural development initiatives, through the Micro Finance Scheme, One Region One Initiative, Regional Specific Action Plan/Food Security or Food/Cash-For-Work programmes.

During the council meeting, the regional council approved an operational budget of N.dollars 52 million, of which 90 per cent is expected from the line ministry whilst the rest should be generated from municipal services in the region.

“The regional council granted provincial approval to Value Development Trading (VDC) to conduct an environmental impact assessment for the construction of a fuel station in Epukiro Post 3 on Erf 31,” it also said.

The regional council’s engineers will determine service demand and availability and verify the proposed plot size of 6 600 square metres to be allocated for the development proposal for retail shops, private clinics and a fuel station.

The VDC proposal that was submitted to the Epukiro Constituency Development Committee is expected to create around 270 jobs in the region. The company reportedly plans to invest N.dollars 21 million.

The council also provisionally approved that the Namibia Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project (NAMSIP) machinery that is currently unused at the Regional Directorate of Agricultural Production, Engineering and Extension Services be distributed to all constituencies to assist with mitigating the effects of drought in the region.

“Council further directed that the machinery be distributed equitably, with Gobabis, Kalahari and Okorukambe constituencies each receiving 10 machines, while the rest of the machines should be distributed among Aminuis, Epukiro, Otjinene and Otjombinde constituencies,” it said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency