Omitara receives toilets

22 October 2018 | Infrastructure

The community of Omitara in the Omaheke region received newly constructed ablution facilities, constructed as part of council's capital projects earlier this week.

A total of 244 ablution blocks, each comprising a flushing toilet and shower, were constructed and handed over to the community at a function officiated by the minister of urban and rural development, Peya Mushelenga.

The community also received five low-cost houses constructed mainly out of clay bricks.

One of the beneficiaries of both an ablution block and a house, Max Hoxobeb, said he was grateful to finally have a decent roof over his head. “These developments will go a long way in improving our lives here at Omitara.”

He said that in the past it had been difficult to maintain proper hygiene due to a lack of sanitation services.

Another resident, Sara Fredericks, who received an ablution block, said as a pensioner, it was difficult to respond to the call of nature as the area near her place is largely flat with no shrubs or bushes nearby. “I had to wait for darkness when nature calls before I can relieve myself. So, this is indeed a welcome gesture and I am grateful.”

Omitara also saw the construction of a 500m access road linking the Otjivero Primary School and adjacent residential area to the main road. The area has often been inaccessible when it rains due to flood water.

The Omaheke regional council spent N$250 000 on the construction of the houses, which were built by the residents themselves through its Food for Work programme. The total costs of the ablution blocks and the road, funded by the ministry of urban and rural development through the regional council, amounts to N$8.9 million.

– Nampa

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