Grants should not be misused: Sioka

05 Feb 2016 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare has warned Namibians against the misuse of grants aimed for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
The grant now stands at N.dollars 300 after Government increased it with N.dollars 50 in April last year.
Speaking at the ministry’s staff address on Friday, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Doreen Sioka said the grants were aimed at nothing else but to address the basic needs of children, and those found guilty of misusing such funds will face the full wrath of the law.
“I therefore appeal to all community leaders and community members to report to the ministry any misuse of grants. If you come across a neglected child and you know that the child is receiving a grant, please report to our offices in the regions and constituencies,” requested Sioka.
The minister further commended the regional councillors for their efforts in identifying neglected children, orphans as well vulnerable children and bringing them to the attention of the ministry.
“We have reached out to our communities and identified more children who need care,” added Sioka.
In 2015, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare registered 11 300 orphans and 10 426 vulnerable children who are now receiving grants through the ministry.
The total number of OVC registered with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare as at the end of December 2015 stands at 118 765.
Speaking at the same event, Celeste Feris, a social worker in the line ministry, said they heavily rely on the public for information regarding the misuse of grants.
“Once we identify those responsible of misusing the grants, a criminal case is opened against them and normal legal proceedings follow,” she said.