15 February 2013

Namibia: Speedy Service Delivery a Must


PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba reiterated the cardinal importance of speedy service delivery to the electorate when he earlier this week addressed the first Cabinet indaba for 2013, which was held in Windhoek.

The invitation of Nangolo Mbumba, the Swapo Party Secretary General to the proceedings, underlined the importance the government attaches to quick and efficient service delivery.

Pohamba spoke with no ambiguity and his message was loud and clear when he told his Cabinet to act speedily and decisively in implementing government policies.

These policies and programmes are surely intended to alleviate poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment.

Cabinet was instructed to ensure capital projects such as the construction of roads, railways, bridges and public buildings are completed on time and within budget.

His statement on quick service delivery is grounded on the 2012 Swapo Party Resolutions in which delegates resolved the need for the speedy implementation of all government policies and programmes to develop Namibia.

It was as a result of this unity of purpose and the need for the speedy implementation of these policies and programmes that the Head of State last year felt there is an urgent need to redeploy some of his political personnel.

All these political developments should not be seen in isolation because the Swapo Party feels it has to act in the interest of the electorate so that Namibia is propelled forward while improving the living standards of all.

Last year, after the Swapo Congress, Pohamba was clear that the natural resources of Namibia belong to all the people of the country and in this vein it is only natural that these resources should benefit all of the 107 constituencies.

He had pointed out at the time that Namibia's gold, diamonds, wild animals, land and water should free its citizens from poverty, hunger, disease and ignorance.

His pronouncements are a clear indication of the Swapo government's determination to ensure no Namibian is left behind, whether as an individual or as a community, and that they should all enjoy the fruits of independence.

To emphasise how important government regards the development of all and sundry, last year in July Pohamba launched the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4).

NDP4, like NDP1, NDP2 and NDP3, comprises some of the key components in national planning and development.

Like the President had pointed out in an earlier brief, the streamlining of NDP4 was to ensure this plan focuses on achieving specific objectives that can have measurable impact on the Namibian society at large.

It is indeed vital that all government offices, ministries and agencies strive to achieve the implementation targets of NDP4. It is also equally important to ensure the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are strengthened. As this will surely enable government to keep track of the progress being made by the various implementing agencies and to effect remedial action if the need arises.

We should also point out that education, health care, rural development and service delivery to vulnerable members of society remain on top of government's priorities.

Only speedy service delivery of government services will enable our country to reach Vision 2030 when almost every Namibian is expected to have a decent job, while all government services would be available to every Namibian.

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