Ipinge wants coverage of all Govt activities in region

04 Aug 2015 14:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 04 AUG (NAMPA) - The Otjozondjupa Regional Governor says State-owned media institutions should aim to cover all Government activities taking place in the region in order to educate and inform the general public.
The governor, Otto Ipinge said all Government programmes and activities in the region are important and need total coverage, especially by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).
Ipinge was speaking during a visit to his office by the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa on Monday.
Simataa is in the Otjozondjupa Region on a weeklong official familiarisation visit along with the Deputy Director of Audio-visual and Regional Support Services, Franna Kavari.
During the meeting, Ipinge mentioned that the NBC Television crew at Otjiwarongo needs more camera operators and equipment on the ground while covering the two vast regions – Otjozondjupa and Kunene.
“There are times when NBC is invited to cover Government programmes and they fail to show up, not because they don’t want to, but simply because they went to Kunene to cover something else. It must be clear that all Government programmes in this region are equally important and need media coverage,” he said.
The governor also called on the ministry to see to it that the NBC radio services reach everyone in the region, saying radio is a crucial medium of communication between rural people and their leaders.
Ipinge also called for the installation of mobile telecommunication network services all over the region in order for all Namibians to form part of Government programmes.
“If we meet these needs, then we as Government will achieve one of the long-term goals we have set for ourselves in terms of information dissemination,” he said.
Ipinge also expressed his happiness at the quality of the media coverage offered by the Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) in the Otjozondjupa Region, saying the agency’s staff there is competent and dedicated.
On his part, Simataa agreed with the concerns Ipinge raised in connection with the NBC at Otjiwarongo and promised to address these concerns once he completes his regional visits.
“We are going to call a meeting in which all of these institutions that provide these services are going to be present,” he said.
Simataa also suggested that the Otjiwarongo crew start liaising with camera operators at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology’s regional offices by exchanging footage of Government events with the regional teams.
He further stated it is time that concerns over a lack of equipment, radio services and mobile telecommunication in the regions are addressed.
The Deputy Minister is expected to visit multi-purpose community centres in the Okakarara and Tsumkwe constituencies during his five-day official trip.