New Era (Windhoek)

14 December 2012

Namibia: Time to Act Is Now

The directive by President Hifikepunye Pohamba to Cabinet ministers to implement the resolutions of the Swapo Party National Policy Conference is a clear indication government cares for all its citizens.

His announcement should not be viewed in isolation and if recent political changes are anything to go by, Pohamba wants to see tangible public service delivery to Namibians in all the 107 constituencies.

In the President's own words, no time should be wasted. Government is resolute to ensure that all Namibians, whether individuals or communities, fully enjoy the fruits of independence.

Namibia is fabulously endowed with natural resources and it is only logical these resources should free Namibians from poverty, hunger, disease and ignorance, according to him.

Pohamba has spoken out strongly about the need for Cabinet ministers to plan effectively and do their utmost best to build a rock-solid economy.

The government also wants to make the agricultural sector more productive and thus the proliferation of green schemes scattered across the country. Aquaculture is also flourishing.

Government has often underscored the need for decent and affordable housing for its people.

Like we have pointed out previously, the Swapo Party National Policy Conference hammered out progressive resolutions and it is now up to Cabinet ministers to implement them, without vacillating.

Indeed, the Swapo Party National Policy Conference could not have come at a more opportune time.

Namibians, irrespective of political affiliation, should give credit when and where it is due, because the peerless Swapo Party has shown time and again why it keeps growing from strength to strength.

Critics who derive joy from faulting Swapo Party at every opportunity should not be allowed to debase the significance of its monumental achievements.

Pohamba, like the Swapo Party of which he is president, has in recent months passionately spoken about bread and butter issues.

Others are land scarcity, the delivery of quality health care and education and the equitable distribution of resources, to create jobs for the unemployed, and to promote the sustenance of moral values and nation-building.

We thus call upon all Namibians to support the President and the Swapo Party in its current endeavours to alleviate poverty in the country.

The collective solutions sought by the Swapo Party to address the challenges that face our country will benefit all - regardless of political inclination.

Like in the past, Pohamba and Swapo have shown exemplary and bold leadership, and whatever decisions endorsed by him and the party was done for the sake of our nation.

There is a saying, action speaks louder than words, and recent political events and pronouncements are a clear indication our Head of State wants service delivery to free Namibia from illiteracy, hunger, poverty, disease, unemployment and debauchery.

In the final analysis, when the Head of State says no time should be wasted, this is an indication he wants to see tangible results on the ground and this clearly shows he will no longer accept excuses.

The political heads of the various ministries should see to it that they free Namibia from poverty, hunger and disease and create jobs.

Government programmes are already in place such as the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG) while green schemes should produce enough food for domestic use and reduce unnecessary imports.

This also means no Namibian school-going child should be left behind, while we should redouble our efforts for zero HIV infections and reduce maternal deaths, while our resources should empower us.

It is an open secret that the government is genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of its citizens, but its worst enemy is some uncouth individuals who often fail to deliver, giving all sorts of excuses for failure.

We are also cognizant of the fact that our President is genuinely concerned about maternal deaths in public hospitals and in this vein he appointed a commission of inquiry to look into the causes of these deaths, among other issues.

Record unemployment has in recent years bothered our national conscience and this challenge and others cannot be wished away. But these problems can only be resolved - and pragmatically so - by taking a cue from what Pohamba wants.

That said, let us desist from dithering and if need be assimilate Chinese work ethics and heed Pohamba's appeal by implementing what should be implemented, starting now.

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