Omusati governor wants water for rural communities

23 Apr 2015 08:30am
OUTAPI, 23 APR (NAMPA) – The Omusati Region’s new governor, Erkki Endjala has appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to speed up the process of water distribution to rural communities in his region.
Endjala made the call at Outapi where the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Theo Diergaardt officially inaugurated the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry’s new office for the Omusati Region on Wednesday.
Several rural communities are as yet to be provided with clean water in the Omusati Region.
Describing the ministry as an important custodian of the livelihood of all Namibian people, Endjala said the ministry should support communities that are experiencing a lack of water because of the poor rainfall in Namibia this year.
“Little rain has been received this year, making it difficult for the rural communities in our region to survive without being accommodated in the ministry’s rural water supply services,” Endjala told Diergaardt.
Speaking at the same event, Omusati regional councillor for the Tsandi Constituency, Leonard Mutota also appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to rehabilitate the Olushandja water reservoir which serves as the main source of water distribution in the region.
Communities in Omusati and elsewhere in northern Namibia have for the past few years struggled with water supply because the Olushandja water reservoir is said to have been unreliable.
Diergaardt on his part pointed out that the new Omusati regional Agriculture, Water and Forestry office has been constructed to ensure proper coordination of the ministerial activities and programmes to benefit all inhabitants of the region.
The new office will accommodate the ministry’s regional heads from all its directorates, namely general services, veterinary services, agricultural production extension and engineering services, water supply and sanitation coordination, and forestry.