31 Aug 2013 05:30
MURURANI, 31 AUG (NAMPA) Staff of the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) and forestry officials stationed at the Mururani gate now finally have decent accommodation and office facilities.
The Mururani gate is situated 130 kilometres south of Rundu in the newly established Mankupi Constituency in Kavango West.
Since the Mururani gate which divides Kavango West from the Otjozondjupa Region was established years ago, it has never had any decent accommodation or offices for staff.
The DVS and Directorate of Forestry officials within the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry were exposed to the elements while executing their duties due to the lack of proper facilities.
The two directorates officials were forced to share two small houses, while five staff members had to stay in shacks made of corrugated iron.
Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa, who inaugurated the N.dollars 22,7 million facilities at the Mururani gate on Thursday, said the situation was unacceptable, and this prompted his ministry to approve a capital project for development of facilities at the gate in 2011.
Mutorwa further stated that livestock farming, an almost total dependency on forest products, and the utilisation of natural resources which the rivers provide will continue to be the hallmark of life-sustaining activities for Namibians.
He added that livestock farming, crop production and reliance on forest products will continue to play an important role within the agricultural sector of the Namibian economy, most certainly remaining the largest source of employment and livelihood for locals.
Mutorwa also said he believes the full potential of the forestry sector is yet to be discovered and exploited.
I remain unconvinced that everything is being properly done to ensure communities in those areas where forests are located are adequately assisted and guided to ensure that they derive maximum benefits from such forest resources, the Agriculture Minister noted.
Kavango Regional Governor Dr Samuel Mbambo said the new facilities will improve staff performance and give them security, safety and peace of mind.
Dr Mbambo explained that the office and accommodation facilities are a stepping stone towards the realisation of Vision 2030, stressing that service delivery and the empowerment of citizens will always receive priority from Government.
The facilities include 12 houses, of which seven belong to the DVS and five to the Directorate of Forestry; an office block; and a cattle holding pen.