14 Jul 2017 16:30pm
GOBABIS, 14 JUL (NAMPA) - Farmers, community activists and other landless Namibians on Friday attended the two-day Omaheke regional consultative meeting on land reform here.
The meeting was convened by the line ministry to gauge opinion and gather input into matters concerning land reform, in preparation for the Second Land Conference slated for September this year.
Addressing attendees during the opening of the event, Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma said the importance of land for many citizens without fertile and arable land to live on cannot be emphasised enough.
He noted that as land is both an economic and social issue, it is vital that matters concerning it are properly addressed.
We encourage open deliberations on land reform as a means to determine the real needs and expectations of the people, he said.
Nujoma said despite being a relatively new democracy at the time, the Namibian Government saw it fit to convene a national Land Conference in 1991 in a bid to address pertinent issues concerning land.
He said it was vital to review the progress made on the implementation of resolutions taken during that conference by convening a second conference.
There were 24 resolutions taken during the first land conference that needed to be implemented and we need to review our successes, failures and challenges during the implementation process, he said.
The ministry will conduct consultative meetings in all 14 regions of the country to gather views concerning land reform until 21 July.
The inputs during regional deliberations will be compiled into a document to be presented during the Second Land Conference scheduled for 18 to 22 September.
It is expected that such document will guide discussions on the issue by reflecting the views and opinions of the Namibian population on the matter.
Regional and local authority councillors, traditional leaders, and representatives of community based organisations also formed part of the meeting in Gobabis.