23 Jul 2016 18:20pm
WALVIS BAY, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has encouraged all Namibians to work towards a transparent and corruption-free Namibia.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the new terminal building at the Walvis Bay Airport on Friday.
The President said Namibia is currently rated by Transparency International as the fourth most transparent African country and added that the Harambee Prosperity Plan aspires for Namibia to be ranked number one.
He said every cent of public funds that goes into infrastructure development needs to be well spent, noting that procurement processes should ensure that government obtains the best value for public funds.
The only thing that stands between us and our aspirations is those who seek to enrich themselves at the expense of the masses. We have come too far as a country to allow a few corrupt individuals to undermine the economic aspirations of an entire nation, Geingob said.
He further stated that transparency and accountability are the greatest weapons against allegations of corruption.
There is no room for procurement processes which lack fairness or cost sensitivity, no room for inexperienced or incompetent contractors who miss deadlines and deliver low quality infrastructure. Most importantly, best value for government money means there is no room for the Mr and Mrs Ten Percents who solicit or accept bribes, he said.
The President encouraged people to 'walk the talk' of the Harambee Prosperity Plan and ensure effective service delivery through building the necessary infrastructure in a transparent and accountable manner.
Geingob said effective governance is a pre-condition to socio-economic development, thus it is not an exaggeration to say that the corrupt are enemies of peace, stability and development.
As a town that positions itself as the gateway to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, Geingob said it is only fitting that Walvis Bay is endowed with modern transport infrastructure.
We have already witnessed the extensive expansion of the port over the past several years. Today, we witness the expansion of the Walvis Bay Airport and in the future, we will witness a railway from Walvis Bay to Botswana. They say that not planning is planning to fail. We are clearly planning to succeed, said the President.