GOBABIS: The United States government, through the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Namibia, will be pumping millions of Namibia dollars into developmental projects in the education, tourism and agriculture sectors here.
A cornerstone marking the official commencement of construction and upgrading activities at the various project sites was laid here on Wednesday.
Minister of Education Dr Abraham Iyambo officiated at the laying of the cornerstone, which was witnessed by United Stated (US) Ambassador to Namibia, Wanda Nesbitt and MCA-Namibia Chief Executive Officer Penny Akwenye, amongst others.
MCA-Namibia will spend about N.dollars 10 million for the construction of a new Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC), which is expected to be completed by May 2013.
The new centre will create much-needed space for the Omaheke COSDEC, which is currently forced to operate from a limited capacity venue.
Also on the cards for the region is a regional study and resource centre at Gobabis, which is already under construction. The project is expected to cost about N.dollars 47 million.
The centre will house a library that will accommodate about 35 000 books; a computer and audio-visual unit that can accommodate up to 80 people at a time.
MCA-Namibia will also contribute towards the renovation and expansion of selected school facilities in the region. The Epako, Rietquelle and Gustav Kandjii Junior Secondary Schools in the Omaheke Region stands to benefit from the initiative.
The Epako Junior Secondary School will be renovated in its entirety, while a new ablution block will be added. The existing administration block will be expanded with the addition of two new offices and three classrooms.
The Gustav Kandjii Junior Secondary School at Otjinene and Rietquelle Junior Secondary School at Aminuis will also be renovated and ablution blocks added.
In the agriculture sector, new State Veterinary Offices are expected to be constructed at the Epukiro Post 3 Settlement to the tune of N.dollars 18,6 million. The development will feature three accommodation units, a post-mortem room and theater facilities.
The State Veterinary Offices are expected to be completed by October 2013.