Ongwediva mayor praises vendors for creating jobs

23 Dec 2013 09:30am
ONGWEDIVA, 23 DEC (NAMPA) - Ongwediva Mayor, Jason Asino has commended street vendors at the town, saying they have done well to create employment opportunities for themselves and other residents.
In a statement, which was read on his behalf by the town’s chief executive officer (CEO) Damian Egumbo at the an early Christmas party held here for open market operators and street vendors last week, Asino said small business operators exhibit a strong entrepreneurial drive.
“You strongly support the retail sector by purchasing goods and paying for their services. In turn, you add value to the products you trade with and most importantly, you pay rates and taxes to your local authority with income that is derived from your hard work,” Asino told the entrepreneurs.
He also told them that their contribution to the local economy serves as an important and indispensable catalyst for socio-economic development.
“As business personalities, you will have to work together with the councillors to identify challenges facing our town and we will have to develop common strategies to address those challenges. Challenges will persist and we urgently have to find alternative funding options to accelerate development in Ongwediva,” the mayor said.
Asino said he has identified the need to speed-up the process of land delivery for residential, commercial and industrial development as one of the critical challenges confronting the Ongwediva community.
He said another critical challenge is the un-coordinated trading of street vendors around the town and the associated consequences of unhygienic and unlawful practices.
“We shall engage you and all other stakeholders early next year so that we can plan together and develop comprehensive strategies that will create a harmonious culture of trading in Ongwediva,” Asino said.
Egumbo donated some aprons to the Ongwediva Open Market operators and street vendors who attended the Christmas party.