13 Aug 2016 11:30am
OTJIWARONGO, 13 AUG (NAMPA) - Residents of the Otjozondjupa Region want the next National Development Plan (NDP) to prioritise rural electrification and water supply to the people.
They made these suggestions on Friday during discussions on what should form part of NDP5, which starts in March 2017 when NDP4 lapses.
Deputy Minister of Economic and National Planning Lucia Iipumbu chaired the one-day consultative meeting with Government development planners, community members, and local and regional constituency councillors of Otjozondjupa at the Swanevelder Community Hall in Otjiwarongo.
Government is engaged in consultative meetings with residents all over the country to get their input on the fifth short-term economic development plan for the nation.
The National Development Commission is tasked to formulate development plans every five years.
Otjozondjupa residents from seven constituencies want NDP5 to focus on the provision of sanitation facilities in rural areas and electrification.
Grootfontein resident, Gabriel Keigub, said electricity will afford people in villages opportunities to start projects that could generate income for themselves.
He also suggests that the NDP5 should instruct Government ministries to speak to one another.
At the moment, each ministry has its own objectives on how to carry out development activities to the people, but these activities and resources could do one big development activity at a time if combined, said Keigub.
Simson Tjitavi from Ovitoto in the Omatako Constituency wants NDP5 to ensure that some major gravel roads connecting the village of Ovitoto to Okahandja and Windhoek are tarred.
He said the majority of Ovitoto residents struggle to access medical services, schools, and major shops because public roads are in a bad condition.
Likoro Masheshe from Tsumkwe said NDP 5 must focus on job creation for the youth in his area.
The meeting was attended by among others Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Country Coordinator, Dr Tharcisse Barihuta.