08 Dec 2015 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) - Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Christine //Hoebes has called on the private sector and individuals to assist Government in the eradication of poverty in Namibia.
//Hoebes made the call during the handing over of 64 824 tins of canned fish valued at N.dollars 500 000 from the Namsov Community Trust (NCT) to the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management (DDRM) in the Office of the Prime Minister.
President Hage Geingob's call to eradicate poverty is not the governments responsibility alone. Everyone is required to participate; private sector and individuals, she said.
//Hoebes said the food items will be distributed to vulnerable communities countrywide and the allocation will be done through the DDRM in collaboration with the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Priscilla Beukes said the government remains committed to address hunger.
She noted that with the establishment of the Food Bank, Government shall have a system of identifying affected Namibians and ensuring that they receive support.
The deputy minister stressed that there is a fund in her ministry to attract financial support from all sectors to support poverty eradication efforts.
We have already started receiving donations, but we remain open to all Namibians and international partners in poverty eradication to support this fund.
Speaking at the same occasion, NCT project coordinator Jamilla Jacobs said it is their responsibility to assist the vulnerable through Government programmes.
We have spent over N.dollars 60 million on community development and uplifment projects since our inception in 1991, she said.
Jacobs said it is also a way of responding to President Hage Geingob's call to eradicate poverty, inequality and hunger in the country.
NCT is a 10 per cent shareholder of Namsov Fishing Enterprise that has been engaged in the horse mackerel fishing industry in Namibia since 1990.