Improvements, Projects Underway for City of Ojinaga, Chihuahua

Improvements, Projects Underway for City of Ojinaga, Chihuahua

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

OJINAGA - Despite setbacks in international trade along the border, the future is bright for the City of Ojinaga, Mexico. Several projects and improvements are underway to help the city thrive like never before. Since Mexico's President, Enrique Peña Nieto, visited Ojinaga, leaders decided they would focus on improving three main areas: jobs, education and security.

Last November for the first time, the President of Mexico and the State Attorney paid a visit to Ojinaga, Chihuahua. It was decided that within the next three years, they will work to create jobs, improve education and enhance security.

President of Ojinaga, Miguel Antonio Carreón Rohana, says nearly 1,000 jobs will be created just in Ojinaga. They will also leave plenty of room for education in a new university.

"For the first time, we are going to have a campus for a university, the Technological University of Chihuahua," Carreón said.
     
More cameras will be placed around the community to improve security. Even law enforcement is getting some attention.

"We gave them uniforms, boots, jackets and vests for our police officers. We delivered around 500 pieces of different types of boots, shirts and pants," Carreón said.

A fresh look and a fresh mind.

"Right now, police that are active in the municipal police force are getting certified every year taking both written and physical exams," Carreón said.

Although improvements were focused on three main areas, the City of Ojinaga took it one step further.

"We changed to LED technology. It is less contaminating, wastes less electricity and lasts longer," Carreón said.

Their efforts will benefit those across the border in Presidio as they devote a hefty sum toward healthcare.

"We are going to invest about $2 million on the all-inclusive hospital. It's a hospital, the only hospital that we have for 150-170 miles around Presidio and Ojinaga," Carreón said.

Improvements in a town of 23,000 extend beyond city limits reaching out, instead, to nearly 30,000 residents. 

In a final, very positive step, Ojinaga is also in the process of electing a Director of Public Security.