CCN calls on government to address land issue

16 Nov 2016 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 16 NOV (NAMPA) – A member of the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN), Revered Eino Nangula has called on local authorities to address the issue of land in the country as a matter of urgency.
“We are worried about unavailability of land, unemployment, and poverty among the youth in the country,” said Nangula on Wednesday during the one-day Church and Society Symposium under the theme ‘Forging Alliances for Community Development’.
The symposium was organised as part of the Ecumenical Social Community Action (ESCA) project funded by the government of Finland at a cost of Euro 493 870 (N.dollars 7,5 million). The project will run from 2016 to 2018 and aims to enable churches to mobilise Namibian domestic resources through the application of participatory methods in vulnerable communities.
He said the second National Land Conference that was postponed indefinitely could assist in unpacking the issue surrounding the land problem in the country.
Nangula hoped that the conference will take place soon for these issues to be discussed and for the interest of all Namibians.
The conference was slated for this month but was postponed indefinitely due to a lack of resources. Minister of Land Reform, Utoni Nujoma made the announcement in the National Assembly in October.
The second land conference was to take stock of the achievements made since the first National Land Conference in 1991 and to establish what is needed to accelerate, and improve the implementation of recommendations made at the first.
Speaking at the same occasion, Finnish Ambassador to Namibia, Anne Saloranta said churches have the responsibility to address socio-economic and human rights concerns at national, regional and community levels.
Saloranta commended the CCN for the implementation of ESCA programme that is willing to address challenges affecting people at grassroots level through its diaconia programme.
The CCN is implementing this programme together with the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia.
“This partnership provides an excellent example of cooperation with an overarching goal of improving the lives of the people and securing human dignity for all,” she said.
That is very much in accordance with development policies and Namibia’s Harambee Prosperity Plan and their key focus on the eradication of extreme poverty, said the ambassador.
The symposium was attended by over 60 church leaders and members of the community.