Consultations on social protection policy starts in Otjozondjupa

19 Jun 2019 15:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - Residents in the Otjozondjupa Region are attending a two-day consultative meeting at Otjiwarongo to give input on the formation of a social protection policy for the country.
The meeting is organised by the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare and is aimed at sharing information on social protection draft policy as well as register inputs from residents on how government can effectively give care to its people.
Executive Director in the ministry, Esther Lusepani urged the participants to use the platform and speak about their real experiences in order to make the policy reflect on their daily situations.
“We are here to show you what is possible and also listen to your contributions,” she said.
In a statement delivered on his behalf, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Bishop Zephania Kameeta explained that the draft policy on social protection includes the continuous implementation of old age pension, disability, veteran and children social grants.
It also includes disaster relief, the food bank roll-out and school feeding programmes as a means of government’s wish to look after less privileged citizens, he added.
Kameeta went on to say the national social protection policy would further want to address universal maternity grants and health insurance coverage.
He informed the gathering that his ministry will soon decentralise its social welfare functions to each of the 14 regional councils.
“I urge all of you to engage in extensive discussions in order to craft an inclusive and realistic social protection policy that will assist the country eradicate extreme poverty by 2025 and beyond,” he said.
The meeting ends Thursday.