08 Mar 2018 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) The Ministry of Veterans Affairs has spent more than N.dollars 2 billion on its Individual Veteran Projects (IVP) programme since its inception in 2010, benefiting 11 169 veterans.
Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, Hilma Nicanor toured three projects funded by the IVP programme in Windhoek on Wednesday.
The visits are aimed at seeing what impact the projects had.
She said they were hoping to get recommendations from the veterans on how the initiative and funding of projects can be improved.
The ministry was established in 2008 to initiate, promote, and implement projects and programmes aimed at addressing the socioeconomic needs of veterans of the Namibian liberation struggle.
Nicanor visited Beulah Pharmacy, which is owned by veteran Tangeni Angula.
Angula was assisted with N.dollars 200 000 in 2012 to buy three months stock when she was struggling financially.
If it was not for the assistance from the veterans affairs ministry this pharmacy would not be around today since I could not get further loans from the bank, Angula said.
Another veteran who benefitted, Lukanus Nakale, built accommodation for university students on his residential erf.
He received N.dollars 200 000 in 2011 to add rooms to the four-bedroom hostel accommodation.
I was stuck and the money helped me to continue with my building. Today I offer affordable accommodation to 16 students, Nakale said.
The ministry's public relations officer, Edson Haufiku said in a document availed to Nampa that 30 654 veterans were registered for programmes offered by the ministry since 2010.
Of this amount, 15 156 veterans receive monthly grants of N.dollars 2 200.
Another project that falls under the ministry is the veterans Welfare Improvement Grant of N.dollars 3 000 and N.dollars 5 000 respectively, which is paid monthly to about 5 442 former Robben Island and Kai //Ganaxab political prisoners.
Under the Education and Training programme, 183 veterans and their dependants receive grants.
Haufiku however could not say what amounts Education and Training programme beneficiaries receive and said due to budgetary constraints, no new applications were considered for the 2017/18 financial year.
Under the Psychology Support and Counselling Services programme, 264 individual veterans are assisted, while 389 families of deceased veterans are assisted under the Funeral Assistance programme.
Forty-one veterans are assisted under the medical assistance programme.
The main objective of the programmes is to improve the welfare of veterans of the national liberation struggle.