Significant headway made during Geingob's 100 days

29 Jun 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUN (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob says Government has made significant headway and covered a considerable amount of ground over the past 100 days with regards to developing a shared vision.
Geingob made the announcement at State House on Monday while providing a rundown of his first 100 days in office as Head of State.
He was sworn in as president on 21 March this year.
Geingob said the mark of a leader is the ability to cast a vision for his people and get them to believe in that vision.
He said it is important for people to believe in a vision because a leader cannot achieve a vision single-handedly but only through a collective effort in which everyone pulls in the same direction.
“Therefore, a great amount of time during my first 100 days as president was dedicated towards outlining my vision to all Cabinet members as well as other important stakeholders who play an integral role in the rolling out of Government programmes. In essence, this involves the entire nation,” Geingob stated.
He singled out specific vision building activities, which include an induction seminar for Cabinet members, including Deputy Ministers and Permanent Secretaries.
One of the key purposes of the induction seminar was to take Cabinet through important concepts, thinking and approaches that will mark the tenure of his presidency.
These include good governance and ethics, poverty eradication, reduction of income disparities, accelerated economic growth, job creation and rapid industrialisation.
In addition to the Cabinet induction seminar, Geingob said, he requested all ministers to prepare declarations of intent which outline their promises to the public.
He revealed that all ministers have submitted their statements of intent and based on these, coupled with other cross-cutting governance key performance areas, they are now in the process of developing performance contracts for all ministers.
At civil servant level, through the Prime Minister’s Office, performance management agreements have already been effected.
Geingob also indicated that he called on Cabinet Ministers to first familiarise themselves with local conditions and introduce themselves to Namibians before travelling abroad.
The Head of State in April imposed a ban on foreign trips for top Government officials for them to focus on solving national issues.
Geingob also promised the nation that he will declare his assets, which he did last month, adding that he is committed to transparency, zero tolerance of corruption and the promotion of good governance.
“Namibia scored a first for Africa by having a sitting president openly declaring his assets,” he said.
Geingob also directed Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to ensure that all public servants, especially permanent secretaries, declare their assets.
In addition, he said that so far Cabinet has held six deliberative meetings chaired by the Prime Minister and by Tuesday, six substantive meetings chaired by the president would have taken place.
“Due to this, we are able to move fast on a number of issues, including approval of short, medium and long-term interventions for drought relief in the country, approving the establishment of the Namibia Industrial Development Agency, and approval of amendments to the State-Owned Enterprises Government Act to allow for the assignment of functions of the SOE Governance Council to the Minister responsible for Public Enterprises,” said Geingob.
In addition to the establishment of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Geingob said, meaningful actions were carried out during his first 100 days in office, which include the increasing of the old-age pension to N.dollars 1 000 per month.
During the past 100 days an additional 12 277 children also started receiving the social grant for vulnerable children, while the monthly subsidy given to early childhood centre caregivers by Government increased from N.dollars 806 to N.dollars 1 005.
In addition, he said, the Child Care and Protection Bill of 2015, was signed into law early this month.
“These measures will go a long way in arresting childhood poverty. We have also made budgetary provision for the introduction of a food bank. The Minister of Poverty Eradication has made good progress in developing the operational modalities of the food bank,” he said.
In 2013, Government announced that it will establish a food bank to cater to the basic needs of impoverished Namibians.
This year, a budget of N.dollars 6 million is allocated to the food bank project, which is run by the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare.
The main purpose is to alleviate hunger and provide for the basic needs of vulnerable people in Namibia by soliciting and packaging food, clothes, educational materials and other basic necessities for vulnerable people.