14 Oct 2016 10:10am
SCHLIP, 14 OCT (NAMPA) Minister of Information Communication and Technology (MICT), Tjekero Tweya on Thursday officially 'switched on the Radio and Television signal in Schlip.
This village is situated about 90 kilometres south-west of Rehoboth in the Hardap Region and has an estimated 1 500 inhabitants.
The event was held at the Schlip Village Constituency Office, and was attended by villagers (mostly the elderly), MICT officials, members of the media, various heads of Government parastatals in the information and communication technology sector, and Hardap Governor Esme Isaack.
Radio and Television services were connected in September this year. Radio will be available in a 50 kilometre radius, while Television is available on Ultra High Frequency on Namibia Broadcasting Corporation decoders.
You finally have the Radio and Television signal which I promised to you in August 2015. You were number one on my list, so I welcome you to the Namibian House, a visibly excited Tweya said.
He said his ministry and the regional governor worked as team to make sure the community can share their stories with other Namibians while at the same time also get to see and hear stories from other Namibians.
The minister called on the villagers of Schlip to support Government efforts to eradicate poverty by using ICT to develop the country.
Isaack said Government is working tireless to improve the lives of Namibians.
The government had given you these services, please take care of these services and avoid using them to cause division and spread hatred, she said.
Isaack noted that the next step is to declare Schlip a settlement; the layout plan is at an advanced stage.
This will see development being sped up. We will upgrade the health centre into a clinic soon and two boreholes will be drilled in the near future to make sure that you have enough water. The upgrade of the road is also in the pipeline, she revealed.
John Tron, the principal of Schlip Primary School, said they are now trying to set up a community radio station.
Apart from NBC Radio, we would like to have our people discuss issues that affect them on their own radio platform, he said.
Resident Juliet Isaks said they always felt left out because they could not watch or listen to local programmes.
Now we are connected and we really are thankfully, she said.