By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Oshikuku town council is struggling to implement most of its capital projects intended for 2016/2017 financial year pending Government budget approval.
Many of the council’s planned developmental projects have been halted due to severe budget cuts forcing the town council to fund some projects on operation costs.
According to Fillipus Angula, manager of finance and human resource at Oshikuku, the council is currently in a critical financial situation which is hampering the development of the area.
“We are still waiting for the budget approval from the line ministry. The situation has forced us to put on hold some of our bigger capital projects because we do not have enough money in our coffers to fund them and we hope once the budget is approved, we will be able to finalise our projects, which are lagging behind,” said Angula.
The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development is currently facing financial shortages and unable to fund the implementation of many local authority capital projects as the Government focuses on water scarcity, education and drought.
Angula said that Oshikuku town council is currently busy trying to finalise capital projects lagging behind from 2015/2016 financial year.
He said that the council is also servicing water and sewer at Extension 3, while the servicing of electricity at Extension 4 will cost about N$3.5 million.
Angula informed Confidente that the construction of roads at Extension 3 is expected to cost the council about N$2.2 million while the installation of electricity at the same location will costs more than N$3 million. Angula further added that the council is also busy servicing 600 ervens targeting mainly middle and higher income earners.
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