19 Sep 2014 17:00pm
HELAO NAFIDI, 19 SEP (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba says the majority of Namibians previously did not have access to libraries because the apartheid government denied them the opportunity to learn and access information.
Pohamba said this at the northern border town of Helao Nafidi in the Ohangwena Region while officially inaugurating the multi-million dollar Ohangwena Regional Library on Thursday.
The president noted that the situation changed at the countrys attainment of independence in 1990, and the nation is now focused on ensuring that library services are made available in order to promote the creation of a knowledge-based society.
The Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N) funded the construction of the Ohangwena Regional Library to the tune of N.dollars 50 million.
The library is referred to as the Ohangwena Regional Study and Resource Centre, and it seeks to, among others, offer equitable access to quality education and lifelong learning.
It aims to provide free access to information, promote a reading culture and to promote and facilitate the usage of information and communication technology (ICT) by the community members.
Two similar regional libraries have been established at Oshakati in the Oshana Region and at Gobabis in the Omaheke Region, also through financial, technical and material assistance from MCA-N.
Pohamba told those who attended the official inauguration of the Ohangwena Regional Library on Thursday that the three regional libraries/resource centres are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that will enable users to access the Internet.
These libraries are also stocked with books and reading materials on various subjects.
Users and visitors to the library will, therefore, have access to a wealth of information that will satisfy their requirements for research and study purposes, he explained.
The Head of State believes learners, academics, researchers, professionals in different fields and members of the general public will find the library very useful.
Pohamba went on to urge young people in the country to use the library to access information that will enable them to inform themselves about the economic opportunities that are available in the country.
He used the same platform to thank the government and people of the United States of America (USA), through the MCA-N, for the vital support rendered through the establishment of libraries and in other areas of socio-economic development in Namibia.
Education Minister, Dr David Namwandi, Chargé dAffaires of the Embassy of the USA in Namibia, John Kowalski, Works and Transport Minister, Erkki Nghimtina and Governor Usko Nghaamwa of the Ohangwena Region also attended the event.