4 February 2013

Namibia: Ankama Concludes Regional Tour

Katima Mulilo — The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Chief Samuel Ankama has completed a four-day working tour of the Caprivi and Kavango regions.

Ankama's four-day visit to the northeastern regions saw him visit government projects that resort under the ministry to acquaint himself with the operations of the ministry.

"My trip to the region was to familiarize myself with the activities of all our centres in the regions. As you know, I am newly appointed, therefore I came to see what you guys are doing here. We should remember that we are busy developing the country, hence we must all work hard," he said when addressing workers at the fish farm.

Ankama reiterated at all projects he visited that "teamwork" should be the watchword within the ministry if success is to be assured. He initially travelled to the Caprivi Region where he visited the ministry's regional office, the Likunganelo Fish Project, Kalimbeza Fish Farm, Lake Liambezi, as well as the Katima Mulilo Open Market and Craft Centre.

He also met Caprivi Regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu, to discuss issues such as the looming floods and development efforts in the region, in his capacity as one of the national leaders assigned to the Caprivi Region.

In the Kavango Region, he met with Governor Maurus Nekaro on Saturday and also visited the Mpungu Fish Farm in western Kavango, as well as the ministry's regional office.

"In terms of aquaculture, we want to propel the industry so that it becomes one of the best sectors in the country," said Ankama, adding that all government employees should turn challenges into opportunities to perform better.

"Decentralization is in place now, therefore all issues regarding projects should be dealt with locally, the ministry should only be roped in for advice and support," stressed the deputy minister.

"We must dedicate ourselves to government activities so that we can produce edible fish for export and local consumption. Since this is the only fish farm in the region, we must transform it into a model of success," Ankama told workers.

The farm's project manager, Cosmas Imukusi, expressed concern over what he described as the lack of dedication and negligence among workers, which he says hampers the optimal performance of the farm.

"Compared to when we started in 2004, the number of workers has declined now because people feel that they are not benefiting from the cooperative. Government is assisting us in the best way they can, but my colleagues are not committed," lamented Imukusi.

Government assists the fish farm with fish feed, technical advice and its running costs.

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