Eenhana Hosts the Start of the Second Round of Transport Workshops

Regions: Ohangwena
Kind of Event: stakeholder workshops

The Transport4People project provided a second opportunity for the community of Eenhana, Onhangewna Region, to be involved in the preparation of a sustainable transport system for the region. Representatives from the Eenhana Regional and Town Council and a traditional leader attended the second stakeholder workshop to hear about the progress the project was taking in identifying the transport issues, concerns and challenges local people are facing on a day-to-day basis in getting from here to there.

The workshop was held at the Monte Carlo Guesthouse on 20 August 2015, the Guesthouse had already been the venue for a previous stakeholder workshop in February 2015. And again in June 2015 with the holding of the project’s Technical Committee meeting which involved a member of each of the four regional councils and ten local government authorities engaged with the project. Members came from as far as Tsumeb and Ruacana to attend the meeting.

The Consultant’s team presented an overview of the findings from consultations held with stakeholders in the four regions, a summary of the preliminary results from a pedestrian survey undertaken in four major and four minor urban centres across the regions, the preliminary results of a regional wide traffic survey conducted in June/July to find out more about local travel patterns, and presented a list of development projects aimed at improving the current transport experience of the locals in the four regions.

Participants at the workshop showed their appreciation to the Government of Namibia and the Ministry of Works and Transport as well as Ministry of Urban and Regional Government for collaborating with GIZ in recognising that many people are suffering because of lacking transport services and facilities.

The main conclusions from the workshop are the need to improve accessibility to social services, job opportunities, education facilities, and markets which in turn will improve the quality of life for many communities across the four regions, especially those in the less well served areas. Road safety was also put on the agenda as a hot button issue needing urgent action. Particular emphasis was placed on the safety of woman and children including learners when crossing the road, or using local transport services.

Members contributed to the strengthening of a project lust being proposed for consideration by their fellow colleagues in the other three regions. The workshops are to continue in Oshakati on 28th August, Outapi on the 4th September, and Omuthiya on the 10th September.

 

The actions and recommendations of the stakeholder workshops will be incorporated into the project’s Draft Scoping Study and Master Plan Report for submission in September to the project’s Steering Committee for consideration and approval.