Nikanor hosts information sharing meeting at Otjiwarongo

16 Aug 2015 09:00am
OTJIWARONGO, 16 AUG (NAMPA) – The Deputy Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Hilma Nikanor on Friday held an information session on issues affecting war veterans at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The information sharing meeting took place at the Swanevelder Community Hall.
Nikanor said a total of 29 642 war veteran applications have so far been approved by her ministry.
The Deputy Minister said any Namibian who contributed towards the freedom of the country from colonialism should be granted the status of a veteran of the national liberation struggle for their bravery and sacrifices.
She said once such Namibians are granted war veteran status, they are entitled to the lump sum and monthly payments offered by her ministry.
“All veterans must be exempted from paying medical fees at all State hospitals once they fall ill,” she added.
Nikanor explained that war veterans who are recognised by her ministry also have a medical aid scheme that caters for their special medical expenses at private medical facilities which are not available at State hospitals.
The Ministry Veterans’ Affairs is in addition prepared to provide wheelchairs, artificial limbs and equipment to veterans who are disabled.
“All veterans who are disabled and terminally ill must not suffer in silence. You must seek assistance at the nearest Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs office in your town,” she said, adding that they should also approach these offices for information on financial assistance should they wish to study.
The children and dependents of recognised war veterans who are below 21 years old qualify for the war veterans’ scholarships under her ministry as well.
Nikanor urged the war veterans in the Otjozondjupa Region to continue initiating viable projects which her ministry can sponsor.
“We will not give you the money for your projects, but we will pay the supplier of the implements and equipment you need to start your project,” she said, adding that the quotation for the equipment needed to start the project must not surpass N.dollars 200 000.
The Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs also has a funeral budget for recognised liberation struggle veterans, which included funds for their tombstones.
The Deputy Minister explained that she is travelling to various regions across the country to share such information with war veterans.
Nikanor was accompanied by the Deputy Director of Regional Coordination, Thaddeus Erango; Deputy Director of Veterans’ Social Affairs Penofina Eises; and the ministry’s spokesperson, Edson Haufiku.