Govt diverts over 11 million dollars to struggle kids

20 Sep 2016 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 20 SEP (NAMPA) - More than N.dollars 11 million has been diverted from the Social Security Commission (SSC) Development Fund towards the children of the liberation struggle.
This follows a recommendation by President Hage Geingob to Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Erkki Nghimtina in a letter dated 05 September 2016.
The letter reads: “Having perused your letter and taking note of the request of the Office of the Prime Minister and the background thereof, I have recommended, in accordance with the SC Act (Act 37 of 1994) Section 37, that an amount of N.dollars 11 325 000 be released from the Development Fund of the SCC for use towards the plight of the children of the liberation struggle”.
Section 37 (4) (a) and (b) stipulate that the Development Fund shall, subject to the provision of the Act, be applied for the conducting of training schemes and employment schemes approved by the president for the benefit of socio-economically disadvantaged persons who are unemployed.
The Act also addresses granting of bursaries, loans and other forms of financial aid to students enrolled at any technical or academic institutions of higher education.
The content of Nghimtina’s letter to Geingob was not available at the time of writing this story.
Secretary to Cabinet George Simataa, in a statement issued on Tuesday, confirmed that Geingob approved the “donation” of over N.dollars 11,3 million for the children of the liberation struggle to undergo training at Berg Aukas and the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT).
The money is to cater for training, uniforms, catering services, training equipment, accommodation and allowance for six months.
“Let it be clearly stated that due diligence and accountability is exercised towards the management of these funds,” he said.
The Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Bank has been identified as the manager of the funds.
Simataa then called on all “struggle kids” to take the opportunity to get training so that they benefit from the assistance rendered by the government to solve their plight.
Meanwhile, Cabinet at its meeting held on 05 July this year, resolved that urgent action be taken to address the plight of the children of the liberation struggle.
Cabinet further directed that all government “machinery” make considered efforts to implement this solution.
Therefore, Cabinet constituted a technical team, chaired by the Secretary to Cabinet, to accelerate the implementation of this directive.
Some members of the group are already receiving training in different trades at Berg Aukas in Otjozondjupa Region, Farm du Plessis in the Omaheke Region and through NIMT at various locations.
However, some struggle kids refused training, and demanded jobs.