NPTH avails N.dollars 60 million towards drought relief

04 Jul 2019 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia Post and Telecom Holdings (NPTH) on Thursday donated N.dollars 60 million towards the national drought relief programme.
The funds were handed over to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, who will channel it to the drought relief programme through the National Emergency Disaster Fund.
Handing over the funds, NPTH chairperson Lena Kangandjela explained that as the holding company of NamPost, Telecom Namibia and Mobile Telecommunications Limited, they decided to respond to the call of a voluntary donation from corporate entities, the private sector and public at large towards the implementation of the drought relief programme.
She said that the government’s objectives towards the programme are notable as they are meant to save human lives and protect the nutritional status, livelihood and food security resilience of the affected communities.
“This donation aims to strengthen the Namibian government by restoring the faith and trust the Namibian people have in their government to provide during hard times,” she added.
Kangandjela also urged other corporates and individuals to meet government halfway to ensure that the livelihood of the affected communities is maintained.
Receiving the donation, Minister of Information and Communication Technology Stanley Simataa said as a government they decided they need to build resilience towards the drought because of the demographic location of Namibia.
“So we need to move away from simply reacting to the droughts when they emerge but to building the necessary resilience that will allow us to positively mitigate the effects of drought,” he said.
Simataa said that there will be regular reports on how the drought funds are administered.