Government to step up service delivery in 2018: Geingob

01 Jan 2018 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 01 JAN (NAMPA) – The government will continue its efforts to improve service delivery to Namibians, especially those in the rural areas, in 2018.
This was said by President Hage Geingob in his New Year’s message for 2018 availed to the media on Sunday.
He said government would step up its efforts to find workable solutions to the long-standing issue of land accessibility and affordability, as its objective was to make land available to more Namibians and connect them to basic services like water, sanitation and electricity.
“We will continue our road building and maintenance programme as a national priority, to ensure that all parts of Namibia are connected and accessible,” he said.
The Head of State indicated that Government also planned to pursue other infrastructure development projects in 2018 including airports, ports and rail development and upgrades, which would take place in a transparent and accountable manner.
“As alluded to several weeks ago during my media conference at State House, 2018 will be the year of reckoning. This means it will be the year to take stock and be accountable for our achievements and shortcomings,” he said.
Geingob urged all offices, ministries and agencies to take measures to ensure that service delivery in general is improved and show respect towards Namibians by providing services in a courteous and helpful manner.
He further noted that he was disturbed by persistent reports of correspondence which remain unacknowledged and unanswered from Government ministries, local authorities and parastatals.
“As public officials, we are not doing our people a favour by working in the public space, we are occupying positions of trust and we must act accordingly,” he said.
Reflecting on the year 2017, Geingob said the country also had to be mindful that the economic headwinds it faced would continue into the new year, adding that government had implemented serious cost-saving measures to ensure the country lived within its fiscal means.
“The short-term pain of these measures will be cushioned by the long-term benefits that will accrue when the economy inevitably recovers,” he said.