Shifeta condemns alcohol and drug abuse

28 Jul 2016 10:40am
EENHANA, 28 JUL (NAMPA) – Substance abuse is one of the reasons poverty levels are high in Namibia, Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta has said.
Officially opening the 2016 Eenhana Trade and Business Exposition (Expo) in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday, he said substance abuse, including the abuse of alcohol, has the potential to deter people from achieving their goals and therefore must be strongly discouraged.
“It is even more concerning to observe that alcohol and other addictive substances are sold to under-age and school-going children,” said Shifeta.
The trend of selling alcohol to under-age children has destroyed the promising futures of many young people, who are now on the streets with no qualifications, creating an extra burden on society, said the minister.
Shifeta further noted that Government has developed a deliberate plan to fast-track social and economic development.
“I want to call for a strong collaboration between private and public sectors to be established. Our joint efforts to address recurrent issues faced by our people such as poverty and unemployment amongst others in the true spirit of Harambee are crucial,” he said.
The theme of the expo is ‘Business Development through Innovative Entrepreneurship’.
Eenhana Mayor Julia Shikongo pointed out that last year the expo hosted about 217 exhibitors and more than 10 000 people visited the expo venue.
“This year, the expo recorded a total number of about 230 exhibitors. These statistics prove to us that the Eenhana Trade and Business Expo is growing, and it has the potential to grow even bigger and better in coming years,” she said.
The ninth Eenhana expo started on Monday and ends Saturday.