OTJIWARONGO, 29 MAY – The construction of 233 ventilated pit latrines in rural areas last year was a huge success for Otjozondjupa, the region’s governor Otto Ipinge said Tuesday.
Ipinge was speaking at Otjiwarongo, where he delivered his third State of the Region Address. He said the latrines were constructed by the Otjozondjupa Regional Council for more than N$3 million and were handed over to communities.
Forty-four of the latrines were constructed at the Tsumkwe settlement, while 33 were constructed at Grashoek and 11 in the Otjomihama area of the Tsumkwe Constituency.
“Residents of the Juliana and Neu Sommerau government resettlement farms in the Grootfontein and Otavi constituencies also received 49 latrines during this same project,” he said.
Thirty latrines were constructed and handed over to residents of Farm Rudenau.
In the Otjongombe communal area of the Omatako Constituency, 55 were constructed, while in the Okakarara area, the regional council constructed 40 latrines at Omatupa and 15 at Okangeama.
“I am very proud that we successfully implemented this regional sanitation capital programme during last year as per the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” Ipinge said.
A ventilated latrine offers improved sanitation as it eliminates flies and odours through air circulation.
In attendance during the 2018 State of the Region Address were, amongst others, local and regional constituency councillors of Okahandja, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Grootfontein and Tsumkwe.