The year 2013 should be a year of hard work for all Namibians, said President Hifikepunye Pohamba. For his part the Head of State said he would work towards achieving effective coordination of activities among all government institutions for the full implementation of all national development plans.
Ordinary Namibians are urged to rededicate themselves to the ethic of hard work in all that they do, because it is "the only way we can overcome the challenges facing our nation and our communities," Pohamba said.
"In 2013, our government will continue to focus on the priority areas of employment creation, acceleration of public service delivery to improve the living conditions of our people and the expansion of our physical and telecommunications networks," President Pohamba said in his New Year's message.
"Government is fully aware of the difficulties facing the Namibian people as a result of economic hardships. We will therefore continue to work hard and more innovatively to combat the high rate of unemployment and to address the negative impact of poverty on our society," he said.
He urged government agencies and ministries to coordinate effectively to ensure the implementation of decisions and ultimately to improve the living conditions of all Namibians.
Government recorded a number of achievements in the previous year starting with the realisation of the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4), and the completion of the 2011 National Population and Housing Census, Pohamba said.
Progress has also been made in the provision of health care, education, housing, sanitation and electricity. Social support services have reached additional new people from the ranks of the veterans of the liberation struggle, senior citizens, to persons with disabilities, orphans and vulnerable children, according to the president.
Pohamba asked Namibians to continue promoting peace and stability and to uphold the spirit of reconciliation. "These are the preconditions for social and economic progress, without peace and stability development becomes an impossible goal to achieve," he said.