OTJINENE: Vandalism, overloading and reckless driving along Namibian roads have resulted in the diversion of millions of dollars for road repair and paving, said Works and Transport Minister Errki Nghimtina on Friday.
Speaking during the official opening ceremony of the Gobabis-Otjinene road, Nghimtina said Government has over the years injected huge amount of funds into unnecessary road repairs caused mainly by irresponsible behaviours – money that could have been spend better on other Government projects.
He called on road users to use the road with care, as it is a national asset that needs to be inherited by future generations for decades to come.
Nghimtina said unlike in the developed world where Governments service roads through the collection of environment taxes, transport taxes and user fees, Namibia does not have such luxuries.
He explained that Namibian roads are only serviced through the collection of mass distance charges, fuel levies and Government appropriation to the line ministry.