24 Jan 2019 12:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 24 JAN (NAMPA) Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency Councillor, Hilma Nicanor says policy makers and implementers are duty bound to bring service to the people and address the challenges they face.
She was speaking at the opening of the //Kharas Regional Council for 2019 here on Wednesday.
Nicanor said residents amongst others face challenges such as unemployment, poverty, hunger, disease, provision of decent and affordable housing and sanitation.
I am convinced that as a team and with renewed vigour, we can bring about desired results that can positively impact our peoples lives, she said.
She further said policy makers and implementers should also mobilise communities and other stakeholders to actively participate in programmes and activities within the region.
The councillor pointed out that one of the biggest challenges policy makers and implementers face is addressing the plight of all people.
Hence in our efforts aimed at developing this region, we must strive to promote equal opportunities for all with a specific emphasis on the less privileged, previously disadvantaged members of our communities and unemployed youth and women, Nicanor stressed.
She added that to succeed in these endeavours, policy makers have to renew their efforts and do things differently.
In doing so they will succeed in the implementation of plans and programmes aimed at bringing much needed development to the region, she stated.
Also speaking was //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson, who said the region has the potential to be the destination of choice for investors, but this can only be achieved if policy makers and implementers work as a team and with purpose.
The governor reminded those at the meeting that their mandate is to promote socio-economic development.
Staff members must also respect each other, at all times. Importantly, seniority in rank must be respected, she said.
During the meeting, staff members were also officially introduced to the new Chief Regional Officer, Beatus Kasete, who was appointed last November and commenced duty at the council on 02 January 2019.