21 Sep 2019 15:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 21 SEP (NAMPA) - Over 800 residents of Otjiwarongo, including learners from different schools, turned up for the national clean-up campaign exercise at the town on Saturday.
The clean-up event was officially launched in May 2018 by President Hage Geingob and has become an annual national event.
At Otjiwarongo, the participants, led by the Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge, gathered at Etambi Township shortly after 07h00, where they started with their cleaning activities.
Education and awareness on cleanliness is an important vehicle that would assist us in facilitating a long-term culture of proper waste management so that we can easily achieve our goal of keeping Namibia clean, said Ipinge at the beginning of the cleaning exercise.
Ipinge also called on the residents in the region to become environment ambassadors and volunteers who would protect the nature from any harm and planting of trees, regular cleaning exercises and campaign against littering.
Speaking during the exercise, one participant, Gareth Kondiri, said cleaning is a good exercise that needs support of the all local and regional authorities, saying it is through a clean area that one can be seen as a hygienic person.
As Namibians, we need to do this regularly and keep our surroundings clean. I feel really good to see our town being cleaned, he said.
Another participant, Elizabeth Nekongo, said the effort of keeping Otjiwarongo and Namibia clean should be embraced by all citizens.
It is really important to keep our towns clean, because if we dont clean ourselves, nobody will do it for us, she said.