Ministers should serve nation effectively: Pohamba

11 Feb 2014 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) - Cabinet Ministers should be prepared to spare no effort and do their best to serve the nation efficiently and effectively, President Hifikepunye Pohamba says.
Pohamba said this during his address at the first ordinary Cabinet session at State House on Tuesday.
“We must do everything necessary to ensure that the public resources entrusted to us by the Namibian people are utilised efficiently and effectively to bring about tangible, visible and sustainable improvements in the living conditions of our people,” he said.
He said the identified national priorities as outlined in the National Development Plans and Vision 2030 must continue to enjoy the attention of Government.
“I would like to see firm action and progress in the implementation of policies in the area of housing and sanitation, food production, infrastructure development, employment creation and the promotion of economic growth,” he noted, adding that the provision of basic services and social amenities such as clean drinking water, healthcare services, and rural and urban electricity should be expanded and strengthened.
The head of State cited an example of the recent outbreak of cholera in the Kunene Region which resulted in the loss of lives as an indication that more needs to be done to ensure a secure supply of potable water for communities in the affected areas.
President Pohamba during his address also touched on the education sector, saying that since education is the foundation of the nation’s social and economic development and the most effective weapon against poverty and under-development, it should be continuously improved and strengthened.
He called for the sustained implementation of the recommendations of the 2011 National Education Conference in order to address identified shortcomings, and above all, to improve the academic performance of learners at all levels.
Pohamba said although some improvement has been recorded and some students and schools performed well, the broader picture shows that the examination results of recent years have been disappointing.
“This is a cause for great concern and it must change,” he stated.
President Pohamba commended the Office of the Prime Minister for its prompt action to avail drought relief aid to affected communities and households in all the regions.
He then called on the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to continue supporting the country’s communal farmers by rendering ploughing services, and said Government continues to monitor the drought situation and improve its preparedness to address future challenges effectively, as the drought is likely to continue due to inadequate rainfall in some parts of the country.