25 Nov 2013 18:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 25 NOV (NAMPA) - Tribal tension and racial prejudices should be addressed in order for nation-building efforts to proceed without hindrances, Information and Communication Technology Deputy Minister Stanley Simataa says.
Simataa said this while speaking at the opening of a five-day training workshop on the Nationhood and National Pride (NNP) campaign here on Monday.
He said Namibia has of late experienced isolated racial and tribal altercations, the worst of which are crimes which are committed that are perceived to have racial undertones.
The deputy minister noted that the NNP campaign is the right channel to build a nation where being Namibian will be regarded as more important than race, tribe or political orientation.
The campaign seeks to draw on our rich cultural diversity to develop common values that can identify our nation from amongst many other nations. It is a vehicle through which we should muster and rally sustained support and cultivate high levels of consciousness and commitment to the nation, he mentioned.
The NNP was conceived by Cabinet during 2006, and on 27 April 2011, President Hifikepunye Pohamba officially launched the campaign programme.
The workshop aims to provide key NNP stakeholders with a platform to acquaint themselves with the key views of the campaign as embodied in its strategic plan, which will be launched on Friday.
The plan amongst other things envisages the establishment of regional and constituency structures which will spearhead the implementation of this national initiative at regional and constituency level.
Simataa went on to say that the interim National Stakeholders Forum, which has so far overseen the implementation and coordination of NNP campaign activities, must be transformed into a permanent body.
NNP campaign activities should also not be regarded as stand-alone, but rather infused in existing activities at all levels of education curricula, sport programmes and political engagements, he said.
The workshop is being attended by 70 participants, including Chief Regional Officers and members of the NNP National Stakeholders Forum.