Every Namibian citizen should play their part: Pohamba

21 Mar 2014 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba says every Namibian citizen should play their part to contribute to the development of the country.
The Head of State made the appeal here on Friday, during the 24th Independence celebrations held at the Independence Stadium, while delivering his keynote address.
“Each one of us, whether we are teachers, nurses, engineers, lawyers, farmers, civil servants, business persons, politicians, traditional leaders, spiritual leaders, community leaders, and ordinary citizens should all play our role and contribute to the development of our country,” he said.
Pohamba further stated that standing together as a nation and fighting to overcome poverty will improve the living conditions of Namibians.
He furthermore stated that Namibia as a nation should continue to work hand-in-hand with the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations to fight for global peace and security and sustainable development.
Pohamba noted that democracy in Namibia has ensured peace and stability and has provided a conducive environment for socio-economic development and progress, adding that Namibians are facing the future with confidence and determination.
“I am confident that our nation will always stand and work together for the achievement of our national development goals and Vision 2030, and I am confident that we will continue to give our very best to this Land of the Brave,” the President said.
He also advised Namibians not to look back at the apartheid and colonialism Namibia went through, saying that the country’s victory over colonialism 24 years ago put it on a new course and the nation should forge ahead, motivated by the dedication of those who fought for the country's independence.
“Namibians must harness all the resources our country is endowed with to eradicate poverty, deliver quality service to all, expand infrastructure, and make Namibia a better society,” he stressed.
The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan was the guest of honour at the 24th Independence celebrations. He arrived in Namibia on Thursday for a two-day State visit.
Amongst others, former President Sam Nujoma and senior Government officials from Nigeria and Namibia attended the Independence celebrations.
Members of the community also came out in numbers to celebrate the day.