15 Jul 2017 12:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 15 JUL (NAMPA) - Residents of the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday called on Government to translate the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) document into various indigenous languages.
The Otjozondjupa residents made this call after a presentation on the development plan by senior officials of the National Planning Commission (NPC) at the Swanevelder Community Hall in Otjiwarongo.
NDP5 is estimated to cost N.dollars 164 billion to implement and was officially launched in the capital on 31 May 2017 by President Hage Geingob.
The plan is a tool with targets to be achieved every year on identified projects.
These targets will be monitored and evaluated on a yearly basis.
This document is very important. It should be translated into languages which people understand better, said a senior traditional councillor in the Kambazembi Royal Traditional Authority, Annie Ngujapeua.
Ngujapeua told Nampa afterwards that NDP4 was not translated into any vernacular, adding that the majority of people in the Okakarara Constituency still do not know what was achieved or not in NDP4.
Grootfontein Local Authority Councillor, Tjeripo Tjikuua also called on Government to make sure the NDP5 document is translated for everyone to receive the message contained in it.
Tjikuua suggested the document could be summarised into indigenous languages.
NPC spokesperson Fillemon Nangonya in a telephone interview with Nampa on Friday agreed with the Otjozondjupa residents concerns.
Yes I agree with them, and NDP5 will be translated, he said.
Nangonya noted that the commission is still busy putting together costs of translations and printing of this NDP5 document into various indigenous languages.
He said a decision was already made to translate the NDP5 document into Otjiherero, Oshiwambo, Rukavango, Setswana, Afrikaans, Damara-Nama, Silozi, San languages and braille.
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the NPC, Sylvester Mbangu said Government had decided to popularise the NDP5 to the regional and local governments and institutions dealing with the implementations at grassroots levels.
Mbangu said implementation of NDP5 is ready, and his office has embarked on popularising it in the different regions.
His team on Thursday visited the Oshikoto Region and Khomas is next.
During his presentation, it came out that the NDP5 is founded on four pillars - economic planning, social transformation, environmental sustainability and good governance.