Fisheries donate computers to Oshana schools

31 Aug 2017 15:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 31 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibia Fish Consumption Trust, supported by its stakeholders, on Wednesday awarded selected schools within the Oshana Region with information communication technology (ICT) equipment worth N.dollars 560 500.
Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Bernhard Esau presented the equipment to 30 schools on the side-lines of the ongoing 2017 Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair here.
The ICT donation is a culmination of the collective efforts of the Namibian fishing fraternity and stakeholders, in support of the NFCT during their Annual National Fish Consumption Day Gala Dinner held in the Oshana Region last year.
“This gesture is in line with the aspirations of the Harambee Prosperity Plan where we, as a Government, have identified the need for an accelerated roll-out of ICT infrastructure to aid in the development of ICT literacy,” Esau said.
According to him, ICT literacy is relatively low in Namibia, especially in the country’s rural areas. The minister said the donation of ICT equipment will complement the targets as set out in the fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), where the aim is to ensure that the entire country has access to ICT by 2020.
Each of the beneficiary schools received two personal computers (PC’s).
The National Fish Consumption Day festival is rotated annually throughout all the regions in the country.
Esau used the same occasion to announce that the 2017 festival (6th edition) will take place from the 20-21 October at Nkurenkuru, in the Kavango West Region.
“I am therefore inviting you to the 6th Annual National Fish Consumption Day,” said the minister.
Esau also handed over 139 boxes of a variety of frozen fish as donation from the fishing fraternity to the communities of the Oshikoto Region.
Oshikoto Regional Governor Henock Kankoshi’s special advisor, Nation Nashikaku received the donated boxes of fish for his region in the presence of the Oshana and Ohangwena regional governors Clemens Kashuupulwa and Usko Nghaamwa, respectively.