31 Dec 2016 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 31 Dec (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob, in his New Year message here on Saturday, described the year 2016 as having been 'eventful'.
In a statement issued by his office, Geingob said 2016 will be remembered as the year Government shifted gear from planning to implementing its various programmes.
We have accomplished significant milestones as reported in the December review of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, but we acknowledge that unprecedented headwinds encountered during the year, adversely affected our ability to deliver on developmental objectives.
Geingob however said no doubt should remain in the minds of Namibians on Government's commitment to attain its goals.
I reassure you today that the Namibian House remains on course and that we are moving forward.
The Head of State said Government will rededicate itself during 2017 to the full implementation of its goals and objectives, noting that 2017 will be the year of 'rededication'.
'The Office of the President anticipates that the same challenges it experienced during 2016, will persist. Hence a resilient and innovative approach will therefore be required to mitigate the severity of these challenges,' he said.
Despite the tough economic outlook, Geingob said Government will forge ahead with its plans to increase the Old Age Social Grant by N.dollars 100 to an amount of N.dollars 1 200 by June 2017.
Government will also provide subsidised ploughing services, fertilisers and seeds to communal farmers in rural areas, commencing mid-January 2017.
A multi-disciplinary youth training centre will be established in one of the Kavango regions in the third quarter of 2017, while construction of a new Vocational Training Centre at Nkurenkuru will commence in September 2017, the president noted.
The much awaited second Land Conference will be held by September 2017 to review resolutions of the first conference of 1991 and chart the way forward on matters pertaining to land.
Geingob noted that the new Public Procurement Act will become operational in February 2017, thereby enabling a computerised procurement system that will enhance transparency, while the e-Health services with online patient-record and pharmaceutical-dispensing systems will go live by September 2017.
On housing, the president said Government will continue to service urban land and deliver affordable housing, with 6 000 plots and 5 000 housing units planned for 2017.
The southern towns of //Kharas and Hardap regions will benefit from the elimination of the bucket system to more decent sanitation solutions by end 2017.
Geingob also touched briefly on sport, saying the line ministry will conclude its review of the Sports Act and Policy, aimed at defining and prioritising national sport codes and guiding funding and development.