Ministers and governors discuss nationhood and national pride draft document

27 Aug 2019 15:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 27 AUG (NAMPA) – Several government ministers and regional governors are in a two-day consultative meeting at Otjiwarongo to extensively discuss a draft policy document that was formulated last week on the Nationhood and National Pride Campaign.
The meeting which started Tuesday morning, will end on Wednesday and is organised by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.
Opening the meeting, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, said the high-level delegation meeting is the second phase of the Nationhood and National Pride Campaign consultative efforts aimed at formulating a five-year strategic plan to be used during campaigns.
“The drafted strategic plan intends to provide a framework that will foster measures geared towards nation building, national branding, national pride and patriotism,” she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the first consultative meeting took place at Otjiwarongo on 21 to 23 August this year, and involved chief regional officers, directors and deputy directors in government who crafted the draft document.
This second meeting involving governors, chairpersons of regional councils, ministers and deputy ministers would then review all the aspects and ideas which were generated in the phase one consultative workshop and validate them if need be.
“The idea is to have an integrated national strategy on matters of nationhood, nation branding and national pride that speaks to the multiple stakeholders,” she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said as a nation, Namibia cannot continue to have a bunch of young people who are growing into irresponsible citizens, allowing crimes, gender-based violence activities, vandalism and littering, amongst others, to become a normal tendency in the country.
On his part, the Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge, in a statement delivered on his behalf urged the meeting to see to it that the draft strategic plan carries a strong message of nation branding, patriotism and ways the country should head-on tackle tribalism, racism and regionalism.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa; Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka; Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Bernadette Jagger; Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Derek Klazen and Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Maureen Hinda-Mbuende are also attending the meeting.