Governor wants renamed airport upgraded

28 August 2019 | Infrastructure

Oshana governor Elia Irimari has welcomed the renaming of the Ondangwa Airport to Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Airport, while also appealing to the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) to consider upgrading the facility to a fully-fledged international airport, in recognition of Ya Toivo's legacy.

Irimari said the airport is strategically located to enhance the movement of people and cargo to the northern regions and neighbouring Angola.

The NAC hosted the renaming ceremony recently, where Namibians from all works of life witnessed the event with Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba officiating.

NAC board chairperson Leake Hangala said the airport provides links to southern Angola and additionally serves as a refuelling stop for flights to central Africa and beyond.

“We at the NAC are privileged to be part of this event, which is dedicated to renaming this major facility in our country in honour of one of the most illustrious sons of the soil, Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo. Although Tatekulu Ya Toivo is no more amongst us, his legacy continues to inspire us, and we at the NAC feel greatly honoured to be associated with this great son of this soil,” Hangala said.

“We are currently in the process finalising the production of his statue that will be mounted here... Once the production process has been completed, we will agree on a suitable date to mount the statue, and the thousands of travellers passing through this airport will have the privilege to view and take pictures with this giant statue of our great Namibian hero.”

Irimari said Ya Toivo, a liberation struggle icon who also participated in the Second World War, encouraged Namibians to prepare for the struggle for national independence and sovereignty, which was “long and bitter”. He had assured them that victory was certain, and today Namibia is free.

The governor said the legacy Ya Toivo has left behind will benefit future generations for many years to come.

“It is therefore befitting that we rename the Ondangwa Airport, because of its central significance, in honour of comrade Ya Toivo. This is indeed an important airport to Namibia, especially this part of northern Namibia,” said Irimari.

“In cognisance of the important legacy of Ya Toivo, I cordially request the NAC to consider upgrading the airport into a fully-fledged international airport.

There is adequate land to allow for major upgrades and the airport is strategically located to enhance the movement of people and cargo to the northern regions and neighbouring Angola.”

ILENI NANDJATO

Similar News

 

PDM condemns construction of shacks

1 year - 30 September 2020 | Infrastructure

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUThe Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has condemned the government’s move to construct 33 shacks for marginalised communities in the Kavango West Region.The corrugated-iron structures,...

Ondangwa, Oshakati make headway with plots

3 years ago - 31 January 2018 | Infrastructure

The Oshakati and Ondangwa town councils have been hard at work allocating land for housing and industrial development.Since 2014, 5 977 residential plots have been...

Access critical for development

3 years ago - 29 November 2017 | Infrastructure

The governor for Ohangwena Region, Usko Ngwaamwa, says his region needs more access road to make life easier for community members and employees who offer...

Holiday bus fares back in spotlight

3 years ago - 29 November 2017 | Infrastructure

It's that time of the year again when long-distance bus operators increase their fares in a bid to maximise profits during the festive season.Although authorities,...

Ondangwa addresses housing backlog through PPPs

4 years ago - 26 April 2017 | Infrastructure

The Ondangwa town council says the process of addressing its land and housing backlog will be fast-tracked through public-private partnerships (PPPs).Ondangwa has a housing backlog...

Region's big budget bounty

5 years ago - 01 July 2016 | Infrastructure

Drought, foot-and-mouth disease, veld fires, human-wildlife conflict, teenage pregnancies, gender-based violence, youth unemployment, and lack of adequate infrastructure in the energy, water and transport sectors...

Latest News

US officials visit Oshikango border...

6 months ago - 31 March 2021 | Health

STAFF REPORTER US officials undertook a familiarising visit to the Walvis Bay Corridor Group's (WBCG) Key Population (KP) Friendly Wellness Container Clinic in Oshikango in...

Medipark marks 5-years since first...

6 months ago - 31 March 2021 | Health

TUYEIMO HAIDULA at OSHAKATI Ongwediva Medipark has performed ten kidney transplants since their first transplant five years ago.On Monday 29 March, the first kidney recipient...

Eembe on Spar shelves

6 months ago - 31 March 2021 | Business

TUYEIMO HAIDULA at OSHAKATI The local berries (eembe) can now be found on the shelves of select Spar stores supported by Spar Namibia Group's initiative...

Aspiring chicken farmer shares her...

6 months ago - 31 March 2021 | Agriculture

Tunohole Mungoba - Oshakati Raised in Ongongo, Onaanda, 36-year-old Foibe Angombe from Oshakati grew up watching her late grandmother, Emilia Mpingana Amunyela, build a successful...

Rundu social league aims to...

6 months ago - 31 March 2021 | Sports

KENYA KAMBOWEThe Rundu Social League (RSL) told Ewi lyaNooli say the league emanated from Sunday football matches at various football fields where players and teams...

Kavango West gets isolation facility

11 months ago - 28 October 2020 | Health

Government has constructed a 12-bed prefabricated structure at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region, which will be used as an isolation facility for Covid-19 patients.The...

Dumeni to turn 90

1 year - 30 September 2020 | Local News

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI Retired Evangelical Lutheran Church Bishop Kleopas Dumeni will be turning...

PDM condemns construction of shacks

1 year - 30 September 2020 | Infrastructure

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUThe Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has condemned the government’s move to construct 33 shacks for marginalised communities in the Kavango West Region.The corrugated-iron structures,...

Uuvudhiya devastated by nine veld...

1 year - 30 September 2020 | Local News

NAMPAENGOMBEThe Uuvudhiya Constituency in the Oshana Region, famous for its vast tracts of grassland, has experienced nine devastating veld fires in the past few months,...

Load More