OLUPUMBU: Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister Jerry Ekandjo has called on the leadership of the Oshikuku Constituency to solicit funds through fundraising activities to establish a clinic at the constituency.
Ekandjo made the call whilst addressing the community of the Oshikuku Constituency at the Olupumbu village during a belated commemoration of Heroes’ Day on Saturday.
The minister was responding to the inhabitants of Olupumbu, who demanded that the government establish a clinic at their community centre to rescue them from having to travel long distances for health services elsewhere in the constituency and beyond.
The Olupumbu community also want a Police sub-station to curb crime, and a feeder gravel road to address the difficulties they face in times of flooding.
Ekandjo then pledged N.dollars 1 000 for the establishment of a clinic, and N.dollars 500 for the construction of a police sub-station.
According to Ekandjo, other communities in the country had put up their own clinic buildings or established sub-police stations on their own, and the government provided them with materials and human resources.
Inhabitants of Olupumbu told Ekandjo that their demands for a clinic, police sub-station and a road has been communicated already to the office of their constituency councillor, Modestus Amutse, for Government consideration.
Speaking at the same event, Amutse supported the demands of the community, and also appealed to the central government to empower regional councillors to be able to accelerate development of their respective constituencies.
Amutse noted that councillors are currently not empowered to initiate and take charge of development projects taking place in their constituencies.
He believes that community development would be fast-tracked if it is allowed to be managed at village level.
The Olupumbu inhabitants also applauded the government for providing them with water and electricity supply.