13 Oct 2014 17:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 OCT (NAMPA) Plans are underway to provide universal free education in secondary schools by 2016, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said on Sunday.
He made the statement during his keynote speech at the Swapo-Party star rally held in Tseiblaagte at Keetmanshoop.
Free primary school education has been in effect since last year.
In addition, the Namibian president and Swapo-Party president said the Swapo-Party Government was exploring the possibility of providing free tertiary education in priority areas, such as science and technology in future.
The top Namibian leader and other key Swapo leaders were welcomed to the //Karas Region by a capacity-crowd dressed in party colours and swinging to the sounds of the famed Ndilimani Cultural Troupe.
Listing the achievements of the Swapo-Party Government, he said Swapo is the only party that could take the country further in terms of socio-economic development.
He said over the last 24 years the government had built schools, hospitals, clinics, roads, railways, telecommunication infrastructure, electricity networks, potable water pipelines and sewerage and sanitation facilities across the country.
The head of state told his audience that in //Karas in particular, over the last three years, schools, hostels and other educational facilities were renovated to the tune of N.dollars 8 million. Additionally, he said, the University of Namibia established a campus in Keetmanshoop to ensure easy and equitable access to tertiary education to all citizens.
Pohamba also listed the current Rosh Pinah-Oranjemund road upgrade and the rehabilitation of the Lüderitz-Aus railway line as further investments of Government.
He said another major achievement was the resettlement programme, which saw farms to the value of N.dollars 52 million purchased and distributed to 21 households in the region during the last five years.
The president said that the Neckertal Dam was the single biggest investment at N.dollars 2,8 billion and is expected to create 12 000 permanent jobs after completion in 2017.
The development of houses under the Mass Housing Programme also received a mention, and Pohamba said that above all, the Swapo Party Government will continue to consolidate unity, peace and stability in the country.
He urged Namibians to refrain from tribalism, corruption and violence against women and children. These, he said, disrupt the national agenda of unity, tolerance, social cohesion and justice for all.
The Namibian leader thanked the crowd for the trust placed in him during his past two terms in office and said he was delighted to hand over leadership to incumbent Prime Minister Hage Geingob.
Namibia will be in good hands, he said.
The president observed a moment of silence for recently-deceased Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Willem Isaacks, before proceeding to the Isaacks family home to express his condolences.
Isaacks passed away on 08 October when the Government vehicle he was travelling in crashed into a bridge near Itsawises settlement, some 40 kilometres north of Keetmanshoop.
Other Swapo leaders in attendance were Laura McLeod-Katjirua, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Clinton Swartbooi, Hilma Nikanor, Lucia Witbooi, and a strong contingent of //Karas and Hardap regional Swapo representatives.