04 Dec 2016 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) - The National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) opened its new office in the Windhoek West area on Thursday.
NDCN was housed in the Sanlam building along Independence Avenue from 2011 until April 2016.
The new premises were acquired through public auction at a cost of N.dollars 3.6 million.
The council performed minor renovations to transform the former residential property into an office, with major renovations anticipated in the near future to convert the building into a fully-fledged modern office to accommodate the entire staff.
Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice-President responsible for Disability Affairs, Alexia Manombe-Ncube said during the opening ceremony that Council made the decision to save up to N.dollars 500 000 every year from its annual budget towards the acquisition of the new office and to render the desired assistance.
An office plays a critical role in security and service provision to the intended clients and customers, she said.
Manombe-Ncube said people with disabilities are often stereotyped that they are not able to perform tasks professionally and are less intelligent than those without disabilities.
People with disabilities have to dispel those negative notions through good work.
She made reference to the recent graduation of several people with disabilities from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust)s Entrepreneurship Programme for People with Disabilities.
The NDCN and Nust signed a memorandum of understanding in 2012 to provide capacity-building initiatives to people with disabilities and equip them with the necessary skills to run successful businesses, and make meaningful contributions towards the country's economy.
Meanwhile, the NDCN Annual Monitoring Report, which provides for the functions, powers and composition of the council, was recently tabled to the Board for input, and is expected to be launched in the near future.