24 Jan 2018 19:10pm
OPUWO, 24 JAN (NAMPA) Hundreds of residents of Ombombo witnessed the electrification of the village in the Opuwo Rural Constituency on Tuesday.
The electrification was spearheaded by the Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (Nored) in collaboration with the Ministry of Mines and Energy, NamPower and the Electricity Control Board.
Speaking at the occasion, Opuwo Rural Constituency Councillor, Kazeongere Tjeundo said he is excited about this development.
Tjeundo said his constituency has many natural resources such as copper and gold, and they have listed many projects towards development that currently do not receive enough attention at regional level.
We have enough land and water, but we dont have support, he said.
He added that the constituency has other challenges such as lack of medical services, poverty and hunger.
Tjeundo said his constituency has 12 formal schools of which only six have been electrified, nine mobile schools, five clinics but only three are electrified, two police sub-stations that do not have electricity, and two electrified agricultural offices.
Also speaking at the event, Chairperson of the Nored Board of Directors, Sacky Kayone said access to electricity leads to success and good results in development within a community.
Nored is here to provide all people with electricity, said Kayone.
He encouraged the youth to study vocational trades to add value to development and also consider the Harambee Prosperity Plan, fifth National Development Plan, the regional councils strategy and Vision 2030.
On his part, Minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze warned residents not to work on mines, electrical services and other jobs without licences from his ministry.
Kandjoze said all citizens have the right to apply for mining licences and encouraged the public to collect their licences that they have applied for through the ministry.
Katuutire Kaura, the special advisor to the Kunene governor, said he is happy that electricity operations in the country are directed by Namibian citizens, while Chief Executive Officer of Nored, Fillemon Nakashole also urged the youth to study towards electricity and other vocational trades.
Chief Ronald Mumbuu of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority in Ombombo thanked the line ministry for electrifying the village.
Nored was founded in 2001 with the mandate of supplying and distributing electricity to the north-eastern and western regions, namely Kunene, Zambezi, Kavango East, Kavango West, Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto.
Ombombo is situated 80 kilometres south of Opuwo and has a combined school that offers up to Grade 10 and a clinic.