19 Jul 2013 13:24
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) There is still no proper sports stadium in the Omusati Region since Namibias independence in 1990, despite money having been reserved for that purpose.
Omusati Regional Governor Sophia Shaningwa told members of the media last week that funds are available to construct a sports field in Outapi, but this money is still lying idle because people responsible for the project are not doing what they are supposed to.
I am getting frustrated now. A big region like Omusati without a sports field does not make any sense, she fumed, adding that if there is a big sports event, people gather at open spaces and in oshanas.
She said they have money in the budget from the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG) earmarked to construct the sports field, and by 2014/2015 it will reach N.dollars 15 million.
But Shaningwa said the money has still not been utilised as the people responsible for the implementation of the project are not carrying out their duties.
Tipeeg came into being in April 2011 as a measure to curb unemployment in the country and to ultimately address poverty.
Tipeeg was launched as a targeted public investment programme which would stretch over three years - 2011/2012; 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.
Its main objective is to increase public investment in targeted areas of the economy, especially infrastructure, in order to accelerate economic growth.
The biggest criticism against this programme has been that a lot of money is being spent on creating mainly short-term jobs.
In the 2011/2012 national budget, the government allocated over N.dollars 14 billion to Tipeeg with a view towards supporting job-creation in the long-term.
It was hoped that the initiative would meet its target of creating 104 000 jobs through its focus on four key sectors: agriculture, transport, tourism and housing and sanitation.
Early this year, the Director-General of the National Planning Commission (NPC) Tom Alweendo expressed concern over the pace at which the Tipeeg initiative is being implemented.