Pohamba urges new NPC commissioners to be courageous

31 Mar 2014 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAR (NAMPA) – Eighteen new commissioners of the National Planning Commission (NPC) were presented with letters of appointment at State House on Monday.
The commissioners are Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi, chief executive of Namdeb; Tulimevava Nghiyoonanye, director of MCA-Namibia; Dagmar Honsbein, general manager of Agra; Eino Emvula, chief executive Officer: Namibia Research Council; Professor Joseph Diescho, director of the Namibia Institute of Public Administration (Nipam); Eckhart Mueller, head of the Namibia Institute for Mining Technology (Nimt); Leake Hangala, entrepreneur; Veronica de Klerk, head of the Women’s Action for Development (WAD); Elijah Ngurare, Secretary of the Swapo-Party Youth League; Bishop Zephania Kameeta, religious leader; Maureen Hinda, community activist; Vilho Hipondoka, entrepreneur; Andre Visser, farmer; Mihe Gaomab, head of the Competition Commission; Sven Thieme, executive chairman of Ohlthaver & List; Johny Smith, chief executive officer of the Wavis Bay Corridor Group; Bience Gawanas, special advisor to the Minister of Health and Social Services; and Helena Ndume, optometrist specialist.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba has urged them to be bold and courageous in carrying out their important national mandate.
“It is also my hope that the implementation of the new National Planning Commission Act will go a long way to boost our national planning efforts as we go forward,” he said during the inauguration of the new commissioners.
The National Planning Commission Act of 1994 was repealed and replaced by the new National Planning Commission Act 2013 (Act No. 2 of 2013).
The repeal was necessitated by a number of factors, which include the composition of membership of the commission, which included members of the executive branch of the State.
It was realised that due to the demanding nature of their responsibilities, many did not have sufficient time, and found it difficult to fulfil their obligations to the commission.
There was also a need to appoint commissioners based on their specific areas of expertise.
Pohamba took the opportunity to congratulate them, reminding them that they are tasked with an important task of spearheading and coordinating the national development strategies.
“As we implement our short, medium and long-term plans, it is the duty of the National Planning Commission, under the guidance of the commissioners, to see to it that our planning framework is supported by effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms through which we can track progress and identify shortcomings,” he said.
Through proper monitoring and evaluation, the commission will also be able to help the nation determine whether the allocation and expenditure of resources on the implementation of various programmes are achieving the desired results in terms of the National Development Plans and Vision 2030.
Only 16 years remain before Namibia reaches the year 2030, which is the target year for Vision 2030.
“This is not a very long time. In this context, I believe that the National Planning Commission should already start to consider the Post-2030 national development scenarios for our country,” Pohamba said.
Long-term planning and the consideration of future development scenarios should, therefore, continue to be a central component of the work of the NPC, he urged.
He appealed to the commissioners to utilise the resources at their disposal to provide sound advice to the government regarding the pressing issues facing Namibia today and in future.
“For example, we need to improve and strengthen our approaches to tackling the issues such as extreme poverty, unemployment, as well as youth development and empowerment through an effective education.
“We need to adopt new ways to address the disappointing pass rates in our schools, especially in Grade 10 and Grade 12,” he stated.
The Head of State indicated that there is a need to strengthen the interventions so that they are more effective in addressing the challenges such as violence against women and children, drug and alcohol abuse, which has destroyed the lives and dashed the hopes of many young people in this country, and indeed other social and economic challenges such as teenage pregnancies and others.
He then took the opportunity to thank the outgoing commissioners for their valuable service to the nation over the years.
“They have built a solid foundation which the new Commission can use as a basis for the further development of our country. I have no doubt that this Commission, which is composed of professionals with a diverse wealth of expertise from different sectors, will successfully guide our country towards Vision 2030,” he stated.