Isaack condemns 'dependency syndrome'

12 Jul 2019 18:20pm
MARIENTAL, 12 JUL (NAMPA) – Hardap Governor, Esme Isaack, on Friday said the majority of Hardap inhabitants have to bridge the syndrome of dependency by engaging in self-sustaining entrepreneurship projects.
During her State of the Region Address, Isaack said women and youth have been taken on board in the running of the political economic and administrative systems.
She added that the overall mandate of the region is to ensure political, economic, social, and technical empowerment of local population in order to fight poverty by participating in the planning and management of their development process.
“I am calling on ministries, agencies and organisations to consider local people for unskilled employment opportunities their institutions may offer, especially our youth,” she noted.
The governor boasted that recently, a new Shell service station, opened its doors in Mariental and created job opportunities to the youth, whilst NamPower, in conjunction with other companies, including two, owned by previously disadvantaged women, constructed a 37 megawatt solar plant just outside Mariental, where a sizeable portion of locals have been employed.
Isaack added that in terms of the effective governance, the region opts to unite the accountability of service delivery at the regional council office, with accounting officers at all levels of structures now required to submit quarterly performance reports.
She thus called on the chief regional officer to closely monitor administrators at executive and management levels and ensure their adherance to the directives.
Stakeholders, she added, must strengthen the coordination of government activities across the region in order to eliminate duplication and waste of scarce resources.
In conclusion, she said vacant positions, especially at management level, must be advertised and filled appropriately for smooth operations.