Minister of works and transport John Mutorwa has demanded that the Roads Contractor Company be managed properly and ethically.
At a joint meeting between the Roads Authority (RA) and Roads Contractor Company (RCC) officials at Ongwediva on Monday, the minister said the state-owned company has assets which are being negligently managed while some of its equipment, especially construction machines, are found dumped everywhere in the country for no reason.
Mutorwa said the environment ministry once even appealed to him for the RCC road construction equipment abandoned for a long time in the Etosha National Park to be removed.
The meeting heard that RCC machines remain abandoned at several sites around the country, despite his call to the management of the company to ensure that they are collected and brought to one place.
The machines are left to rust in the field after the completion of work, and are never collected for safekeeping.
Mutorwa stressed that the RCC should be managed ethically and honestly so that innocent workers do not suffer the consequences of the company's alleged bankruptcy.
"Everyone (managers) in the company is acting (in positions) - things cannot be like that. Therefore, get things done in an organised way," he urged.
He added that the RCC was established in 1999 for road construction, and as such, the company should be making money rather than being in debt, as it is allegedly technically bankrupt and owing creditors substantial amounts of money. The company is also about to retrench workers.
"We cannot let innocent workers be retrenched in a country already faced with a high rate of unemployment," Mutorwa stated.
The minister directed that the company's management attend to the RCC's needs correctly in order to rescue it from insolvency, and avoid the retrenchment of workers.
In October this year, the Roads Authority, the RCC and the Ministry of Works and Transport signed an agreement for annual roads maintenance and ancillary works for the period 1 November 2019 to 31 October 2022, with the possible extension of another three years.
This, Mutorwa said, will depend on the RCC's performance on the agreed contracts.