Drought not just a Government problem: Geingob

18 Aug 2016 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob on Thursday called on the private sector and civil society organisations to renew their commitment in mitigating the impact of drought in Namibia.
He made the remarks during the opening of the high-level segment of the African Drought Conference underway here.
Geingob emphasised that drought is not solely Government’s responsibility; noting that all stakeholders have a role to play noting that involving community members – young or old- is crucial.
“The burden of drought must not fall only on governments. This situation places responsibilities and obligations on all of us,” he said.
He said unity is a crucial aspect if the country intends to curb the impact of the persistent drought as outlined in the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HHP).
“Once again, I call upon all of us to embrace the spirit of Harambee. Let us pull together in the same direction - the same direction towards a more drought prepared and drought resilient Africa, for it has been said that: Where there is unity, there is always victory.”
Geingob further pleaded with participants of the five-day conference to critically interrogate issues relating to drought to ensure a faster response to ease the effect on affected communities and farmers.
“We are faced with incidents of livestock starvation, crops wilting, families going hungry, not to mention the looming water crisis that is exacerbating the situation in Namibia and a number of other arid countries,” he said.
An estimated N.dollars 40 billion is needed to assist drought-affected countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) alone, which Geingob said requires international support.
“These are significant sums of money and we need the support and solidarity of the international community in order to ensure that lives are saved and that our critical short-term needs are met,” Geingob said.
The African Drought Conference ends Friday.