The Roads Authority (RA) has handed over ten bursaries to potential engineers for the current academic year.
This is the 11th consecutive year that RA gives bursaries to students. Nine of the students will study in the field of civil engineering while the remaining one will pursue economics.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony held in Windhoek on Friday, RA CEO, Conrad Lutombi said a total of 116 applications had been received.
He highlighted the selection of the successful recipients, which is based on academic performance, financial need, affirmative action and diversity.
“In 2003, as part of our objective to be a socially responsible corporate citizen, the Roads Authority pledged to give bursaries annually to deserving students,” he said.
According to Lutombi, since its inception, the RA has awarded 70 bursaries to students from low income families who have excelled in their studies.
A total number of 36 students of those who benefited from the bursary scheme since 2003 have completed their studies, 34 of which have taken up prominent positions within RA.
However, Namibia is still experiencing a serious skills shortage with emphasis on the engineering field, making the job of RA harder.
“Roads Authority cannot fulfill its mandate of managing our country’s national road network if we lack suitably qualified, experienced and professionally registered engineers and technicians.”
Lutombi said Namibia will also not achieve its long-term strategy, Vision 2030, if it does not have qualified persons in key sectors of the national economy but congratulated the bursary recipients, urging them to use this opportunity as a stepping stone to greater heights.