Geingob reflects on last year's achievements and challenges

01 Jan 2019 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JAN (NAMPA) - The year 2018 was a challenging year that forced Namibians to engage in serious self-reflection and allowed them to take important decisions which will benefit the country in the medium to long-term.
This was said by President Hage Geingob in his New Year’s message availed to the media on Sunday.
Geingob said Namibians should become more innovative, adapt, retool and reskill themselves to benefit from new technologies and the fourth industrial revolution.
“I challenge all Namibians across the board, from students to workers, and professionals in the public and private sectors, to reinvent themselves. It is time for us to upgrade and learn new skills.”
The president said despite the economic shortfall, Government worked more efficiently and effectively with limited resources and managed to reduce wastage in the public sector.
“We also decided to investigate various cases of alleged corruption. Ministers who are alleged to be corrupt were questioned and those cases are now with the Anti-Corruption Commission.”
Geingob stressed that the domestic economy remains volatile while the global economic downturn has had a detrimental effect on productivity.
However, this scenario compelled the country to broaden its approach and thinking.
He added that in the new year, Government will commence with the implementation of resolutions taken at the National Land Conference, starting with the building of a shrine at Aminuis in honour of Chief Hosea Kutako; alleviating the effects of poverty in certain areas in the south of Namibia, as well as giving priority to women, youth and war veterans in terms of land accessibility.
On the issue of war veterans, Geingob acknowledged that there were those who fought outside Namibian borders, but there were also those who engaged in battle in the country, through political agitation and “all are equally important.”
He further called on all Namibians to embrace the dawn of the new year with a sense of optimism and purpose; a sense of vision and a sense of patriotism.
“Let us embrace principles which transcend differences of ethnicity, tribe and community. Let us shun all retrogressive practices, pessimistic tendencies and doom sayings. Our success will be guaranteed only if we come together and pull together in the same direction of unity, peace and progress.”