Govt to Construct State houses in Regions

By Simon Liseli

The motion that was tabled by National Council (NC) at Parliament in May 7 to 24, has considered the appropriate bill which emphasizes more on financial allocation for each Ministry for the period year of 2012-2013 to construct State Houses in all 13 regions of Namibia.

Caprivi region’s Linyanti constituency councilor and Member of Parliament (MP) Cletius Sipapela, in an exclusive interview told Caprivi Vision that during the discussion in the NC chambers, it concluded that it was of high importance to allocate money to construct state houses in the regions and renovate government houses.
Sipapela said the NC will soon set to find out and approve what the National Assembly (NA) discussed to review them as the motion was supported by fellow NC members who all seconded the motion as positive as it grants safety and security of the head of state, including all senior citizens.
“It is traditionally known that young people cannot share a room with their parents. So we need to respect them by building and renovating houses that will belong to the government and not necessarly for individual occupation” said Sipapela.

According to Sipapela the construction and renovations of government houses will also create employment to regional residents, with many of the workers taken on permanent basis to maintain the structures.
Sipapela said the construction of houses will also depend on the availability of accommodation that will result in the process staring soon.

“It is not houses that will be a white elephant but it will be maintained by people. This is all budgeted for in this current financial year. The NC is now waiting for President Hifikipunye Pohamba to endorse a signature on the document to approve the act and have funds released.”

It was also during the same NC attendance that the members contributed on rural electrification in rural areas. The NC members bemoaned the process is moving at a steady pace saying the Ministry of Mines and Energy should speed it up.

“NC has appealed to the Mines Ministry to try and speed up the process of electrifying the rural areas with priority given to government institutions such as Schools, Agricultural offices, Health facilities and others and there after avail it to the villages and surrounding areas.” Sipapela said.

Sipapela added that clinics are currently being constructed in the constituencies, is for the sole purpose of eliminating the travel long distance that people undertake to reach the medical health facilities.
Sipapela pointed out that Malengalenga clinic at Linyanti, is situated in a conservancy area, where those who manage it have requested the government if they can financially contribute to it construction.

“When a community thinks of assisting in developing their areas, it shows commitment on their side that they want such services rendered within their reach. This is the reason why we urged the government to assist communities in achieving their dreams” Sipapela said.

The MP Sipapela used the platform to call for better teaching environment in rural schools as many are not equipped with laboratories where learners can be exposed to study and acquire intricate practical skills of the mathematics and science fields.

“The state of affairs of the school buildings and teachers accommodations needed the serious attention of the relevant authorities,” Sipapela noted.

Linyanti Constituency Councillor and Member of Parliament (National Council) Hon. Cletius Sipapela speaking to Caprivi Vision.


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