ONGWEDIVA: Oshikoto Regional Governor Penda Ya Ndakolo has called on all Namibians to show their patriotism by attending the Heroes’ Day commemoration which takes place at Omuthiya-Gwiipundi on Sunday.
This will be the first time the day is commemorated in the Oshikoto Region.
Ya Ndakolo said in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Tuesday that preparations for the event started some three weeks ago, with the regional and national preparatory committees putting everything in place to ensure that the event is successful.
The governor however expressed disappointment in the employees of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for going on strike at a time when preparations for the Heroes’ Day commemoration are in full swing.
“We are disappointed; their strike came at the wrong time. As patriotic Namibians, we must put the interests of our nation first and avoid going on strike at a time when the nation is in dire need of our service,” Ya Ndakolo noted.
He added that the absence of the national broadcaster’s services has made it difficult for the preparatory committee to communicate with potential stakeholders, especially those living in rural areas.
“Our traditional and community leaders normally contribute to our logistics once we approach them through the NBC services to ask that they offer material support,” the Oshikoto Regional Governor explained.
He went on to thank the Ministry of Environment and Tourism for its donation of wild animals such as giraffes, springbok and eland which will be slaughtered for the event.
“I also want to commend the President, Comrade Hifikepunye Pohamba, for agreeing to be the main speaker of the Heroes’ Day commemoration in our region on Sunday,” the governor noted.
He explained that the Ministries of Foreign Affairs; Defence; Safety and Security; Works and Transport; and Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture are involved in the preparations for Sunday’s event.
Ya Ndakolo is the chairperson of the regional preparatory committee, which liaises with the national committee.