24 Aug 2013 06:40
ONGWEDIVA, 24 AUG (NAMPA) Business personalities, under the auspices of the northern branch of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), contributed about N.dollars 1.3 million towards President Hifikepunye Pohambas Birthday Charity Fund on Thursday.
The money was raised during a business dinner, which was organised by the NCCI Northern Branch to celebrate Pohambas 78th birthday anniversary at the Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus of the University of Namibia (Unam) at Ongwediva.
The money is earmarked to benefit the poorest, disadvantaged and marginalised members of the local community through the charity fund.
Iindji Tomas, the chairperson of the NCCI Northern Branchs executive committee (Exco) told the dinner gathering that the fund was initiated a year ago after President Pohamba declined to accept costly advertisement of birthday wishes that were placed in newspapers by local companies and government organisations.
Pohamba suggested at the time that instead of spending money on birthday advertisement in newspapers, business people should rather contribute that money towards a charity fund which will benefit members of the community.
Oshikango-based companies, International Commercial Limited and Easy Import and Export, each pledged an amount of N.dollars 100 000, followed by NamPower and Jack Trading with N.dollars 78 000 and N.dollars 50 000, respectively.
Addressing guests at the occasion, Pohamba said the money raised is an enormous contribution which will benefit disadvantaged members of the Namibian community.
I am touched by what happened in this hall tonight, Pohamba said.
The president said the business people should consider themselves as partners of the government in the social and economic development of the nation.
He urged the private sector, parastatals and government institutions to work together to ensure that Namibia becomes a developed country.
Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma also attended the fundraising dinner, and pledged on behalf of his family to contribute N.dollars 5 000 towards the fund.