Ipinge irked by exorbitant prices of town land

21 Jan 2019 19:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 21 JAN (NAMPA) - Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge on Monday expressed dismay with the exorbitant prices of town land in some of the major local authority councils in the region.

Ipinge was speaking at an annual key stakeholders meeting attended by local authority councils of Otavi, Okakarara, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein and government officials here on Monday morning.

The governor described the main purpose of this first annual meeting as a renewal of strength of each government office and all key development drivers in the region.

“However, not much was done last year in terms of development in our towns due to the exorbitant prices of land which scared investors. Our municipalities should not only look into making money, and exclude our own people,” he said.

The Otjozondjupa Governor said the primary purpose of any local authority council in the region is to represent the wishes of the local citizens, despite their political affiliations.

Last year, Ipinge said his office noted down numerous challenges related to poor service delivery by the local authority councils, adding that some challenges were directly triggered by the local authority leaders who failed to adhere to the country’s laws, without providing specifics.

The governor then called on the five local authority councils in the region and government offices here to regularly provide copies of their monthly reports to his office to allow cooperation, smooth planning and flow of information with other key development stakeholders in the region.

The regional head used the same platform to thank the Paresis Senior Secondary School (SSS) and Otjiwarongo SSS for working tireless in 2018 to produce good results in the Grade 12 Ordinary Level examinations.

Ipinge also described Operation Hornkranz, which was launched by President Hage Geingob in December last year, as success in the Otjozondjupa region during the festive season, calling for increased crime prevention efforts in the future.