Urbanisation in Namibia rapidly increasing: Daniel

30 Nov 2016 21:00pm
OUTAPI, 30 NOV (NAMPA) – Urbanisation is a reality both in Namibia and internationally, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, Nghidinua Daniel has said.
He was officiating at the 16th Namibian Association of Local Authority Officers (NALAO) annual conference and annual general meeting (AGM) at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Wednesday.
Daniel said at independence in 1990, 28 per cent of Namibia was urbanised. However, the 2011 Housing and Population Census indicated urbanisation of 42 per cent and recent projections by the National Planning Commission (NPC) showed that 66 per cent of Namibia could be urbanised by 2020.
He said he hoped the 16th NALAO conference will map out clear strategies on how the impacts of increased urbanisation can be effectively managed.
“Local authorities are the government structures closest to the people and are at the centre of the provision of services and the national agenda aimed at improving social and economic well-being,” he said.
In this regard, Daniel noted, it is important that local authority leaders, both politicians and administrators, position themselves to play a role in improving the social and economic well-being of the citizenry.
He further said the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development is concerned about increased reports of disunity and squabbles between councillors and chief executive officers (CEOs) as such problems waste time and resources at the expense of service delivery and development.
“It is important to realise that local authorities cannot effectively play their assigned role if the local authority politicians and administrators do not work together as a team,” Daniel said.
Zambezi is the only region not represented at the meeting, which ends on Friday.