Regional Councillors and Local Authorities must collaborate

29 Nov 2013 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV (NAMPA) - Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister, retired Major-General Charles Namoloh has called on Regional Councils and Local Authorities to communicate and plan together in order to develop their regions and towns.
Speaking at the launch of two reports titled ‘Attracting and Retaining Business in Namibia’ and the ‘Impact of Public-Private Dialogues in Namibia’ here on Thursday, he said Government will continue to put in place policies for people to do business in the country.
Therefore, Regional Councils and Local Authorities should not work in isolation, but work together to attract investors.
Namoloh advised local authorities to use infrastructure put up by Government, such as roads, to develop their towns.
“If you do not communicate and talk to each other, you cannot develop, and you cannot develop in isolation. It should be a chain of local councillors working together,” he stated.
The minister particularly referred to the B1 national road, which runs through the centre of the country and links Namibia to other countries in Africa by stating that local authorities should be creative and set up favourable businesses which will cater for business people who are using the B1 route.
These businesses can include truck ports, lodges and restaurants.
“You have not created favourable resting places for trucks. The road passes through your towns, and these people park in the bush,” Namoloh stated.
He further called on local authorities and regional councils to engage the local business community in order to attract investors to their towns.
He then expressed concern that some officials in local authorities undertake international trips to other countries to go and learn from their counterparts there, but are unable to apply what they have learned in those countries.
This situation results in ministries relying on consultants, and this is why capacity-building is important, the minister noted before calling on these officials to work hard, be committed and work in teams, instead of fighting each other.
“We do not work in teams, and we see each other as enemies. That is why some of our programmes die,” he stressed.
There are also people still living in shacks for up to 15 years, and these authorities must thus commit to their work and find solutions to these problems.
“Our children who are growing in shacks are found after school at the robots, trying to find somebody to pick them up and give them work.
This is something local councillors should find solutions to. It is your responsibility to find solutions to this,” he charged.
The studies were conducted by Local Economic Development (LED) Pathfinder Namibia, with assistance from the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ), and aimed at establishing how to attract business and retain business in the local authorities.