Food Bank launched in Oshikoto Region

25 Sep 2019 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 SEP (NAMPA) – The Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta on Wednesday launched the national food distribution programme for the Oshikoto Region in Tsumeb.
In his speech availed to Nampa, the minister said that the government remains committed to the maintenance of the wellbeing of the Namibian people as enshrined in the Constitution.
Kameeta added that the government, through all its development vehicles such as NDP 5, Harambee Prosperity Plan and The Blueprint on Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication, is committed to the implementation of sustainable development programmes and initiatives.
“These will ensure that the ministry attains prosperity for all Namibians,” he said.
While education is seen as the ultimate solution to poverty eradication, the minister however argued that if there are no equal opportunities for all, education will be evasive in improving the situation of the poor.
“In fact, there is a direct link between low educational performance and malnourished children,” emphasised Kameeta.
According to the minister, fighting poverty is fundamentally about promoting human rights, dignity and social justice, thereby ensuring that people have access to food, water, shelter, clothing and other basic social services.
He also called on society including Food Bank beneficiaries to join efforts and hands with Government in rooting out abject poverty in the country.
“Let us use the conducive socio-economic environment provided by our president and administration, not to fight each other, but to improve our living conditions and that of our fellow citizens,” concluded Kameeta.