07 Apr 2016 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 07 APR (NAMPA) The Office of the President has identified four programmes to which its about N.dollars 679 129 000 portion of the National Budget will be allocated.
This is a reduction of N.dollars 35 939 000 from N.dollars 715 068 000 in the 2015/16 financial year.
Minister of Presidential Affairs, Frans Kapofi motivated the ministrys budget in the National Assembly here on Wednesday, saying the budget is designed to ensure that the human, financial, logistical and other resources that the president requires are placed at his disposal for him to carry out his duties of providing the necessary leadership to the nation.
The budget allocations for some of the programmes under the ministry are as follows:
Security management and support services N.dollars 389 040 000
Marginalised communities and people with disabilities N.dollars 80 344 000
Protection of national Constitution N.dollars 156 781 000
Democracy and consolidation N.dollars 52 963 000
The presidential affairs minister explained that the marginalised communities and people with disabilities programme, which was previously known as the San development programme, is aimed at integrating the San, Ovatue and Ovatjimba communities and people with disabilities into the mainstream economy and other aspects of society.
The programme also involves resettlement and relocation of landless San communities to communal land or commercial farms purchased by Government.
As disabled people need the utmost attention from society, the programme also covers interventions aimed at supporting activities targeting persons with disabilities.
The overall mandate in this regard is to strengthen and co-ordinate the implementation of policies and legal framework in relation to disability issues and also to initiate programmes that enable young children and youth with disabilities to gain access to education, healthcare and employment opportunities, Kapofi said.
The presidential affairs minister also highlighted the launch of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which sets out a mid-term vision for accelerated implementation of prioritised Government programmes and interventions to combat poverty, create jobs and put Namibia on a trajectory of economic growth.