Simataa launches NNP forums for Oshana, Oshikoto, Kunene

03 Jul 2016 12:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 03 JUL (NAMPA) – Government intends building a society where all Namibians fully understand and appreciate their roles in contributing to the achievement of national development goals.
Information and Communication Technology Deputy Minister Stanley Simataa said this on Friday when he officially launched the Nationhood and National Pride (NNP) forums of Oshana, Oshikoto, Omusati and Kunene regions at Ongwediva.
“We indeed intend to build a nation with universal norms and values that underpin all our efforts at individual, community and national level.”
He said national goals would only be achieved if all citizens can locate their roles and responsibilities within the NNP programme.
Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba launched the NPP campaign in 2011 under the theme 'My Namibia, my Pride' to create a sense of pride and nationhood among Namibians. It also aims to encourage the citizenry to be passionate about the country and national symbols such national flag and coat of arms.
Simataa said his ministry worked tirelessly last year to ensure that NNP forums are established in all 14 regions to ensure that regional authorities take ownership of the national pride programme.
He said schools, parents and youth organisations should act as conveyor belts in instilling a sense of national pride and in invoking the spirit of ‘One Namibia, One Nation’ within the psyche of children in the country.
“We have a solemn responsibility to cleanse our habitat of corrosive vices such as tribalism, crime, gender-based violence and many other evils that have potential to contaminate our living environment.”
The deputy minister cautioned that the country’s diverse cultures and traditions should not be a source of division, but to be a “pillar of strength” as the nation in unison march forward in pursuit of national development aspirations.
Simataa, at the same event, handed over NNP Strategic Plan manuals to representatives of the launched NNP forums.