23 Apr 2015 08:30am
OUTAPI, 23 APR (NAMPA) The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Theo Diergaardt officially inaugurated his ministrys state-of-the art regional head office for Omusati at Outapi on Wednesday.
The two-storey building is valued at some N.dollars 23 million, and will accommodate all six directorates of the ministry such as general services, veterinary services, agriculture production and extension and engineering services, water supply and sanitation coordination and forestry.
Diergaardt said the office must serve as an empowering public institution for the people of the Omusati Region.
I call upon the public to fully utilise it, he said before urging both the staff members and members of the public to protect it against vandalism and theft.
He went on to say the Namibian Government in its Vision 2030 and in the fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) has identified and prioritised agriculture as a vital sector that has the potential to play a significant role in poverty reduction and employment creation.
Diergaardt noted that the new offices have been constructed to ensure proper coordination of the ministrys activities and programmes to benefit all inhabitants of the region.
You the staff now have no excuse of not innovating and coming up with ideas that will benefit the community and eradicate poverty because these offices are fully equipped with nice chairs, air conditioners and of course, computers, the Agriculture, Water and Forestry Deputy Minister said.
He added that the ministry and public expect and deserve proper service delivery from the staff members, adding that Namibia is at war against poverty and hunger and the Omusati agriculture office is the ministrys command post towards its goal of food security and poverty eradication.
The new Omusati regional governor, Erkki Endjala also attended the inauguration event, and urged the Agriculture, Water and Forestry Ministry to assist the communities with the provision of clean water this year as the region is experiencing drought.