23 Sep 2015 12:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 23 SEP (NAMPA) Members of land resettlement commission committees of five regions on Tuesday completed a two-day course on the committees primary roles and functions.
The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Land Reform at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region and was attended by nearly 20 committee members from Hardap, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omaheke and Otjozondjupa.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge, who opened the workshop on Monday, said it was aimed at helping the newly appointed members of the five regional committees to understand the primary functions, procedures and criteria involved in resettling landless Namibians on Government resettlement farms around the country.
The workshop was also aimed at creating a platform where national land and resettlement policies could be broken down for the participants to understand them better.
The newly appointed members are expected to serve on their regional resettlement commission committees for a period of three years.
Ipinge said it is crucial for the members of each committee to receive training on the governments land resettlement programmes for them to exercise fairness in allocating resettlement-farming units to landless Namibians.
The governor said at the end of the workshop that he expects committee members to be able to scrutinise, evaluate and make recommendations on the submitted applications for resettlement purposes by applying the outlined resettlement criteria.
After the workshop, we will expect you to be able to shortlist and recommend prospective beneficiaries amongst the applicants and verify the land allocated to them carefully in order to avoid double allocation of farming units, Ipinge said.
The Otjozondjupa regional governor urged all committee members around the country to monitor farmers on the allocated farming units and see whether farms are being used for the intended purposes.
Most participants that attended the training workshops are from various regional farmers unions, youth organisations and traditional authority councils, amongst others.