Simataa urges community leaders to join Government nationhood crusade

19 Feb 2019 16:30pm
RUNDU, 19 FEB (NAMPA) – Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (MICT), Stanley Simataa has called on religious, community and institutional leaders to join Government in its nationhood campaign to rehabilitate the degraded moral values of society.
Simataa said this in a speech read on his behalf at the launch of a new religious community radio station called Adventist Radio Namibia (ARN) and owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, here on Saturday.
“Unbaiting violence against women and children, escalating incidents of intolerance in communities and creeping disrespect of elders all point to a morally conflicted society that is yearning for redemption. Religious, community and institutional leaders must join Government in the nationhood crusade to rehabilitate society’s degraded moral values,” he said.
He further said given a greater reach and affordability, radio is one of the most effective conduits for success to information.
“As we all know, information is power. Information liberates from ignorance, from poverty by availing information on opportunities at the communities’ disposal; opportunities which are maximised can take them out of poverty and hopelessness. Certainly, there can be no prosperity in our communities where there is abject poverty of information,” said Simataa.
Apart from English, the station will be broadcasting in local Namibian languages of which the minister said he is confident that the initiative will cement the value for nation building and bring services to the people in their own languages.
Rundu Urban constituency councillor, Vicky Kauma shared the same sentiments.
“I believe that the community radio will have social programmes that will assist in moulding and changing the deteriorated social behaviour of communities which may reduce crime rate and all other sorts of evil in our community,” she said.