Kavango West still amongst poorest regions: Ausiku

08 Apr 2019 17:40pm
RUNDU, 08 APR (NAMPA) – Although the Kavango West Region is starting to show positive developmental signs, it remains one of the poorest regions in Namibia.
This concern was raised by Kavango West Governor, Sirkka Ausiku at Mavandje village in the Ncuncini Constituency during the constituency’s independence celebration on Saturday.
She said the positive development signs include the opening of financial institutions such as banks and government ministries, offices and agencies who now operate from Nkurenkuru, which is the regional center.
These services, she said, used to operate from Rundu prior to the creation of the Kavango West Region and the Ncuncuni Constituency in 2013.
“This has brought development closer to the people. New jobs were also created, bringing a positive impact to the livelihood of the people,” Ausiku noted.
According to the Namibian Statics Agency Labour Force Survey of 2018, the Kavango West Region unemployment rate was at 36.4 per cent in 2016 and it went down to 33 per cent in 2018.
Ausiku further said the region remains concerned about youth unemployment which stands at 46 per cent, according to 2018 statistics.
She therefore said: “We must now put our heads together to come up with ideas on how to address this challenge facing us.”