16 Mar 2017 16:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 16 MAR (NAMPA) The mayors of the five major towns in the Otjozondjupa Region have been urged to establish mayoral funds to assist residents of their towns when needed.
Otjozondjupa Governor Otto Ipinge on Wednesday said the mayoral funds could for instance help residents who lose their belongings to fire or those affected by disasters.
He was speaking at a meeting in Otjiwarongo with the mayors, chairpersons of management committees and chief executive officers of Okahandja, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Grootfontein.
The Otjozondjupa Governor said the regional leaders and local authority councillors must at all times be ready to support residents in need of help.
It is our responsibility as regional and local authority governments to see to it that our people do not suffer, he said.
Otavi Mayor Martha Shipanga welcomed the idea, saying they have something similar operating at the moment where councillors make contributions from their personal finances on a monthly basis.
Shipanga said the money is used to help community members who are in dire need of food or who lost their houses or personal belongings in fires.
The chairperson of the Otjiwarongo Town Councils management committee, Hilda Jesaja said her town needs a mayoral fund to assist the hungry residents who flock to their offices asking for food.
She said currently, the council deducts a certain amount of money from their sitting allowances which is channelled to the fund, managed by the mayor and other councillors.
The Special Advisor to the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Moses Tjipurua !Omeb advised the local authority councillors to also approach the business community for contributions towards these funds.
He proposed the appointment of board members for the funds to operate in an effective manner.