Roama director wants Govt. to save private sector

10 Apr 2017 12:30pm
ONDANGWA, 09 APR (NAMPA) – Businessman Robby Amadhila of the Roama Gates Manufacturing said private companies contribute immensely to employment creation and as such Government should not allow them to close down.
Amadhila said this during Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila’s visit to his business at Ondangwa in northern Namibia over the weekend.
“Don’t allow companies to die; buy me out if I mess up for the company to continue,” he suggested, adding that it is difficult to start a company.
Amadhila established the Roama Gates Manufacturing here in May 2005, and has created 43 jobs. Roama specialises in, among others, steel posts, steel beds, fencing, and gates.
He believes the closing down of any business contributes to escalating unemployment in the country.
Amadhila, at the same time, criticised the dishing out of food through the drought relief programme of the government, saying it promotes laziness.
“Anyone who relies on free food of the drought relief programme must be declared the enemy of Namibia,” he stated.
Amadhila appealed to Government to create a conducive environment where people work hard and produce for themselves, instead of providing 'free' food.
“The Namibian industrial revolution would not have been possible without State policies and incentives to nurture and support our burgeoning manufacturing sector,” he said.
On her part, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila commended Roama Gates Manufacturing for being one of the business entities that has embarked upon industrialisation and contributing to economic growth at Ondangwa.
She said Government created a range of incentives for the manufacturing sector such as reduced income tax rates, preferential treatment of local suppliers of manufactured goods, and the Equipment Aid Scheme and Group Purchasing Scheme.