07 Jun 2019 13:30pm
NKURENKURU, 07 JUN (NAMPA) - Kavango West Governor Sirkka Ausiku has appealed to government offices, ministries and agencies to fully implement all 56 developmental projects earmarked for the region before the mid-year budget review in September.
Ausiku said this when she delivered her state of the region address here on Thursday.
The governor said considering the economic downturn Namibia is experiencing, she is happy that the developmental budget allocation has increased slightly.
A total of N.dollars 257 million was allocated to Kavango West this financial year, up from the N.dollars 192 million allocated in the 2018/19 financial year.
With the allocated budget, Ausiku appealed to all government ministries and agencies to implement all their programmes and projects on time before the reviewing of the budget in September.
She said the region expects to be treated as a new region and as one of the poorest regions, and as such should receive an allocation commensurate to the level of its developmental stage.
Ausiku appealed to central government to address key projects that would impact development in the region as highlighted in her previous state of the region address.
As stated last year, it is high time that our central government takes the available official statistics on the developmental stage and the actual level of development of the region serious and apply equity and fairness when allocating and reviewing budgets for the regions, said the governor.
Some of the projects she mentioned included the regional government office park, the Nkurenkuru District Hospital, a fully-fledged secondary school in Nkurenkuru, water and rural electrification infrastructure and feeder roads, further noting that although not budgeted for, the projects remain a priority.
In addition, she also said she is of the opinion that local business people deserve preference in the awarding of tenders in their respective regions and should be encouraged to enter into joint ventures.
By so doing, we will promote equity in the distribution of resources, Ausiku said.