07 Jun 2019 09:30am
NKURENKURU, 07 JUN (NAMPA) Unemployment in the Kavango West Region decreased slightly to 33 per cent in 2018 from 36.4 per cent in 2016, while youth unemployment dropped to 46.8 percent from 52.6 percent in 2016.
This was said by Kavango West Governor Sirkka Ausiku when she delivered her state of the region address at Nkurenkuru on Thursday.
The regions population was 19 514 last year, according to the Namibian Labour Force Survey of 2018. It is highly rural (99 per cent), with high levels of poverty and unemployment.
Ausiku said although positive results are starting to become evident because of all the current interventions, not much has changed in the region since its creation in 2013.
We appreciate all interventions currently taking place, but we still have a long way to go. Our developmental challenges in the region also remain the same, she said.
The governor went on to say development is mainly hampered by poor road infrastructure, especially feeder roads inland and inadequate water infrastructure. Electrification infrastructure is also lacking, with 75 schools out of 176 and two out of 26 health facilities without electricity. Telecommunication is also limited throughout the region.
Ausiku said Kavango West has 176 schools.
We are noting with concern that no new school was built since the creation of the region, she said, adding that there are 1 624 teaching positions of which 1 362 are filled.
Kavango West has 26 health facilities.
Ausiku expressed disappointment at the fact that the Nkurenkuru District Hospital, for which construction started five years ago, has still not been completed although it was budgeted for.
The governor said during the period under review, the ministry only completed minor renovations at the Nankudu hospital and Gcwatjinga clinic, appealing to the ministry to complete its projects.
The region is also appealing to the ministry to complete the Nkurenkuru Health Care Centre and Gcaruhwa Clinic, while renovations at old structures such as the female ward of the Nankudu Hospital and Yinsu and Nepara Clinics are ongoing, she said.