By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Ondangwa Town Council has donated more than 10 hectares of land to the University of Namibia (Unam), which will be used to establish a second engineering faculty in the North, as well as an industrial park.
This was revealed by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, during a graduation ceremony last week at the José Eduardo dos Santos Campus, which houses the existing Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology in Ongwediva.
He said the industrial park will serve as a catalyst for large-scale industrial development and the promotion of agricultural mechanisation.
“This is a welcome development. I highly commend the Ondangwa Town Council for availing the land and other institutions for their support to this important initiative,” said Pohamba.
Over the past five years, the Unam Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology in Ongwediva has produced 243 engineers.
The Jose Eduardo Dos Santos campus is located on an 18-hectare piece of land that is made up of 13 hectares for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology and five hectares for the future School of Architecture.
Ondangwa Chief Executive Officer, Ismael Namugongo, confirmed to Confidente that the engineering faculty will construct a new faculty of automotive engineering at the town.
“This is what we have always wanted as an industrialised town. Our priority at the moment is investment geared towards industrialisation, and we are really excited about this initiative,” he said.
He further called on investors wishing to set up assembly plants at Ondangwa to do so, as the council is willing to avail land.
The new automotive engineering faculty will consist of two departments, which include an assembly plant for tractors and automotive engineering.
The construction of the faculty is expected to commence soon.
This will be Unam’s second faculty of engineering in the North.
The Ondangwa Town Council is working around the clock to make sure that its vision of becoming an engine of industrialisation and sustainable development in the town is realised, Namugongo added.
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