11 Jul 2015 22:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUL (NAMPA) Namibian youth, women and other vulnerable people are still facing numerous socio-economic challenges for the past 25 years of independence, Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa says.
These challenges include poverty and unemployment, she said in a speech read on her behalf during belated Namibian independence celebrations organised by the Windhoek West Constituency on Saturday.
Shaningwa said since the country's independence in 1990, the government has been guided by the principles of solidarity, freedom, tolerance and the protection of fundamental human rights.
This has made it possible for our people, regardless of their political affiliation, to freely partake in political activities, thereby further entrenching democracy and contributing to the socio-economic development of our country as loyal citizens, she said.
The minister noted that the country has managed to achieve many national development goals such as the provision of free primary education, construction of schools, provision of electricity, water, road infrastructure and construction of health facilities.
We have also developed our agriculture by initiating projects such as the green schemes and providing extension services to farmers to improve their livestock herds and crop fields, she said.
Shaningwa thanked countries such as Tanzania, Angola, Zambia and Cuba for their steadfast and selfless support to the Namibian people during the country's liberation struggle.
She called on these countries to continue the good relationship with Namibia.
Governor of the Khomas Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, in a speech prepared for delivery at the same event, said it is a time for all Namibians to have self-evaluation on their involvement, sacrifices, commitment and contribution to nation-building, development and reconstruction of the country.
Speaking at the same occasion, Windhoek West Constituency Councillor, George Trepper called on all Namibians to continue pursuing the policy of sacrifice and hard work, and maintain zero tolerance for corruption.
Our experience in the past 25 years has formed a new realism in our approach to serving the people with dignity.
I am conscious that the peace, stability and prosperity we enjoy today will be accompanied by sustainable economic growth, social development, discipline and self-sacrifice, he said.
Trepper noted that the question of disparity in socio-economic development, unemployment and poverty will only be addressed effectively if citizens transform the Namibian economy and accelerate economic growth.
Over 100 residents of that constituency attended the belated independence celebrations.