By Hilary Mare
THE Roads Authority (RA) this week launched its 2018- 2022 strategic plan after having successfully met the majority of the targets set out in its previous and just concluded five year strategic plan.
The launch was attended by the Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa, Deputy works minister, James Sankwasa, Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Veikko Nekundi, the RA board chairperson, Brian Katjaerua among other key stakeholders.
Enlightening delegates on the tenants of the five year strategic plan, RA Chief Executive Officer, Conrad Lutombi highlighted that the plan will just like the previous one feed into the high national level blueprints such as the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) and Vision 2030.
In its strategic orientation, the 2018-2022 plan seeks to ensure stakeholder satisfaction, enhance capacity building, optimise information communication technology, inculcate an ethical and performance driven culture, avail and preserve the national road network, manage traffic and transport operations and ensure organisational financial sustainability.
Highlighting the key target Lutombi said that the targets are,” To upgrade 800 km of road to bitumen standards, to construct 250 km of road to gravel standards, to rehabilitate 279 km of road and 9 Bridges, to reseal (preservation) 1,800 km of road, to re-gravel (preservation) 6,500 km of road, to contain the percentage of surfaced roads that are in an unacceptable condition at 10 percent, to contain the percentage of gravel roads that are in an unacceptable condition at 40 percent, to ensure that 99.30 percent of heavy vehicles are within the weight tolerance level and to enhance NaTIS service delivery to 85 percent customer satisfaction.”
The strategy that will require total funding of N$20.3 billion and will be funded through a government contribution of N$ 7.6 billion, Road Fund Administration (RFA) will input N$10.9 billion and grants and loans will cover the remaining N$1.7 billion.
This is all based on the government, MTEF, and RA and RFA business plans.
Over the last strategic plan, Confidente can report that the RA managed to upgrade 1130km of roads to bitumen standard over a target of 600km, surpassed the target of road constructed to grave standards by 159.2 percent, resealed 3141km of roads over a target of 2500km, re-gravelled 2310 km of road over a target of 2250km and achieved a 97.9 percent compliance to trafific and transport legislation among other recorded successes.
Furthermore, RA increased its revenue collection at NaTIS by 63 percent from 438.329.558 to 714.498.551. Vehicle population was also surpassed by 25.7 percent, vehicle driver population by 17.8 percent and the number of vehicle weighed at the weighbridges by 3.8 percent.
At the launch, Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa highlighted that he was in support of the activities of the Roads Authority and the he had seen cohesion in the way the Board and the Management are working together.
“I see cohesion and collaboration between the boards and the management. I am not only praising Roads Authority but i have seen it in my visits to various State Owned Enterprises under my ministry. I endorse all the activities that the Roads Authority is doing and that is not only me as the Minister but the government takes note,” he said.
Currently the major RA projects underway are the Windhoek-Okahandja dual carriageways road, the Windhoek-Hosea Kutako International Airport dual carriage road, the Swakopmund Walvis Bay dual carriageway road, the Okatana-Endola-Onhuno, Namalubi-Isize-Luhonono and the Swakopmund-Henties Bay-Kamanjab road.
Of the 526 km of Bitumen standard that should be constructed as recommended by government’s flagship blueprint, the Harambee Prosperity Plan, 468 km have already been constructed with the remaining 58 km to be constructed before 2020.
RA Board Chairperson, Brian Katjaerua highlighted that as the parastatal embarks of a new five year plan, it was imperative that the Board, management and Staff work closely together in order to be more successful.
“As the Board, we are committed to a successful implementation of the plan. Employees must be given the support that they need in order to work at their full potential,” he said.
After the launch of the strategy the RA board of Directors, signed the governance and performance agreements with the Minister of Works and Transport.
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