16 Mar 2019 14:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 16 MAR (NAMPA) Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency Councillor, Hilma Nicanor on Friday condemned the vandalism of toilets, calling for beneficiaries to guard them jealously and refrain from misusing them.
Nicanor made the call while handing over 56 toilets to beneficiaries at the Ileni settlement here on Friday.
She said it regrettable that some of the new toilets have already been vandalised before they were even handed over to the rightful owners.
This type of behaviour and attitude of vandalism by some community members should be stopped. Remember this infrastructure is your asset as a community, which you are given free of charge, Nicanor stressed.
She urged the community to report cases of vandalism to the local police so that the culprits can be brought to book.
There should be no room for markets of stolen goods in our community. Let us unite against this type of crime and prevent it in our community at all times, she stressed.
Nicanor went on to say that if parts of materials that are used to build the toilets are removed, this makes the facility unusable, adding that this defeats the objective of government to provide sanitation to its people.
This will enable our people to live a decent and dignified life regardless of where you live in a given locality, she added.
The councillor said that the need for access to sanitation in settlement is a burning one and indeed an irrefutable need that requires urgent attention and concerted efforts for the government to achieve its goal.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Rudolf Festus, thanked the Namibian government for the building the toilets for them.
We want to thank the government for building us the toilets. This means a lot. In the past we used bushes when nature calls and our children and the elders were not safe at all but now they can use this toilets, he said.
The toilets, also consisting of a shower, were constructed through the //Kharas Regional Council at a cost of N.dollars 1.7 million.