Government targets assisting 1 000 persons with disabilities

28 Apr 2019 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 APR (NAMPA) – The Department of Disability Affairs in the Office of the Presidency is targeting assisting 1 000 persons with disabilities in the 2019/20 financial year for the purpose of upgrading the database.
Minister of Presidential Affairs, Martin Andjamba said this on Thursday in the National Assembly while motivating Vote 31 of the Office of the President's budget for the 2019/20 financial year.
Andjamba said the Department of Disability Affairs is mandated to strengthen and coordinate the implementation of the national and international legal framework on disabilities, as well as to accelerate access to education, employment and health, among other services.
The department is allocated N.dollars 18 million under the operational budget for the 2019/20 financial year, of which N.dollars 4 million is assigned to the National Disability Council of Namibia.
Further, national and international days of persons with disabilities will be observed and commemorated to increase awareness of the rights of persons with disabilities as well, Andjamba said.
Meanwhile, N.dollars 55 million is required for the Department of Marginalised Communities because it has a responsibility to enable socio-economic integration.
Andjamba said out of that amount, N.dollars 11 million is earmarked for the Education Support Programme, among other programmes, which includes payment of tuition, registration, transport, monthly allowances and accommodation.
He further said the Special Feeding Programme which caters for about 25 821 households in various regions will receive N.dollars 15 million, and N.dollars 1.6 million is for Livelihood Projects.
The Liberation Struggle Heritage of the disability department which ensures that the history of the liberation struggle is preserved and kept alive is assigned N.dollars 4.25 million in the 2019/20 financial year.
“This is done through research and documentation, collection and preservation of materials or artefacts, the identification of sites where acts of the liberation struggle took place, establishment of outdoor museums and the erection of monuments,” Andjamba said.
The last programme under Vote 31 is Policy Coordination and Support Services, which is allocated N.dollars 91 million.