13 Aug 2016 17:40pm
OSHAKATI, 13 AUG (NAMPA) - Oshana Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa on Friday donated hammer mills to the communities of six constituencies in his region, worth over N.dollars 156 600.
The machines for the Okaku, Okatyali, Ondangwa Rural, Ondangwa Urban, Okatana and Ompundja constituencies were purchased with money donated by the Namsov fishing company earlier this year.
Through its development trust fund, Namsov donated N.dollars 500 000 to each of the 14 regions in the country.
The petrol hammer mills are part of the Oshana Regional Governors Programme of Employment Creation in efforts to fight against poverty, hunger and unemployment in the region, said Kashuupulwa during the machines handover at Oshakati.
The hammer mills donated per constituency pound mahangu grains into flour for consumption.
He pointed out that the donation will contribute to the regional initiative of community development, youth and women economic empowerment, skills development and entrepreneurship.
You are, therefore, provided with these hammer mills to run your businesses and create employment, the governor told the beneficiaries at the handover.
He indicated that the manufacturer is in the process to produce more hammer mills to be donated to the remaining five constituencies of Ongwediva, Oshakati East, Oshakati West, Uukwiyuushona and Uuvudhiya in due course.
The hammer mills projects will be implemented in the region as a pilot project to ascertain whether the beneficiaries will good businesses that could eventually provide permanent job opportunities.
The governor believes the machines will enable the beneficiaries to earn an income and improve their living conditions.
Processing mahangu into flour is a very good business in the commercial sector in the region.
The project groups each comprise seven women and two men.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Selma Nakambale from Ondagwa Urban thanked the regional leadership for considering the development of rural communities.
We are going to market our business, produce and help others towards the fight against poverty in our communities, she promised.
During the handover, Ondangwa Urban Councillor Elia Irimari donated N.dollars 500 to the beneficiary from his constituency towards petrol for the hammer mills and at the same time pledged to donate another N.dollars 500 to open the groups bank account on Monday.