13 Dec 2018 17:40pm
NKURENKURU, 13 DEC (NAMPA) NovaNam, a right holding company in the fishing industry, donated six metric tons of fish to the neediest communities in the Kavango West Region on Thursday.
Speaking at the official handing over of the contribution at the community hall of Nkurenkuru, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau said this is a good Christmas gift to the communities.
This is another demonstration of cooperation between the fishing industry and our ministry to make a difference in the lives of our people, especially our economically disadvantaged communities, the minister said.
The donation demonstrates that NovaNam cares for the needy people and that they are prepared to do something about it, he added.
Esau urged Kavango West Governor, Sirkka Ausiku to ensure that the donation strictly goes to the neediest people of the region.
These are the economically disadvantaged children and elderly persons in the communities who are not able to get decent meals. The youth and adults must work for their living because they are strong, Esau noted.
The minister said the Christmas period is a season of sharing and giving just as God gave his son Jesus to save the world.
We in the fishing sector are happy to participate in the true spirit of the season by going back to our communities and giving, he added.
On his part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NovaNam, Edwin Kamatoto said their initial target was the //Kharas Region, but then the minister told them that fish being a national resource, it should be shared amongst all the regions and not just the area the company operates in (Lüderitz).
He said it is just as important that the fish we catch be shared amongst the Namibian people, which is why we are here today, Kamatoto said.
The CEO said before coming to the Kavango West Region, the company distributed fish to the Kunene and Omusati regions.
It is also going to distribute the food in the Omaheke Region after the Kavango West Region.
Namibia is a nation that has predominantly been eating meat and we are encouraging a culture of eating fish in order to have a healthy and well-nourished population, Kamatoto said.