03 Jun 2014 19:40pm
OPUWO, 03 JUN (NAMPA) - The Deputy Prime Minister, Marco Hausiku embarked on an eight-day visit to the Kunene Region on Monday which will see him visit all special projects implemented by his office in the region.
His visit will focus on seeing to it that the projects aimed at benefiting the San, Ovatwe and Ovatjimba marginalised groups are given assistance to enable them to be successful and self-sustainable before the end of his term in office next year.
Hausiku had a meeting at the Office of Kunene Regional Governor Joshua //Hoebeb upon his arrival in Opuwo, where he was welcomed by special advisor to the governor Kenatjironga Muharukua and the Chairperson of the Regional Council, Dudu Murorua.
The Deputy Prime Minister said his office is trying to ensure that young people from the marginalised communities benefiting from the special programmes are enlisted for jobs in government institutions every year. He said he is also visiting the area to explain to traditional leaders from the different communities why that did not happen this year, in addition to implementing other projects that could lead to employment for young people in their areas.
I came to launch a brick-making project at Otjandjasemo village, launch the construction of a school at Otjokoyo and also to see how far the construction of the Ohaijuwa school has gone, Hausiku said.
He added that the project referred as Small Etosha - meant for the development of the San community who were moved from the Etosha National Park - is close to being successfully implemented in the Outjo District.
According to Hausiku, Government bought four farms for the San community for the project which will be used as a tourist attraction and a settlement area for the San community.
He however could not say when the Small Etosha project would kick off, but gave his assurance that the intention was to implement it early next year.
Besides infrastructural development at the different settlements of the marginalised groups, the Office of the Prime Minister is also hoping to start a culture of gardening, with each settlement having a vegetable garden where they are expected to plant fruit and vegetables for their own consumption and for commercial purposes.
An agricultural expert from the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Buba Gure has been attached to the Office of the Prime Minister to assist with agriculture matters and to guide marginalised groups on how to cultivate their gardens.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections take place in November this year, and the term of office of all Cabinet ministers will come to an end in March 2015.