Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa, has cautioned that while there is a lack of funds for many important projects, particularly as the country faces the daunting challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, this is no excuse for the dilapidation of crucial infrastructure. The New Era newspaper reports that Mutorwa made the remarks last week Friday, when he inspected the N$25 million rehabilitation work, expected to take about three months, on the Eros Airport runway, which had exceeded its design life of 25 years. The minister also emphasised the importance of Namibia’s airports, roads and ports, particularly at a time of Africa’s increased economic integration, where Namibia projects its image as a gateway from its harbour to other parts of Africa, thereby facilitating trade. The paper quotes Mutorwa as saying “That is how important these projects are.”