GOBABIS: Omaheke Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua has commended Government for its sound international reputation and diplomacy which continues to bear fruit for the country.
In a speech delivered on her behalf by the Chairperson of the Omaheke Regional Council, Ignatius Gariseb here on Wednesday, McLeod-Katjirua said it is positive reviews of the country which has enabled it to successfully lobby for support for various developmental initiatives aimed at changing the living standards of Namibians.
The remarks were made during a cornerstone laying ceremony marking the commencement of construction for various projects through the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Namibia.
Amongst other things, the projects include the construction of a regional study and resource centre at Gobabis and a new Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC).
Commenting on the renovation and upgrading activities that are due to take place under an MCA-Namibia grant in the region, McLeod-Katjirua said it was due to the unwavering spirits of the line minister, his deputy and the entire management team that such projects are now seeing the light.
“Your tireless efforts are highly noticed by our community and we wish you all the strength to face this challenging task with all confidence without any fear or hesitation. Allow me to assure you that every development in the education sector in our region serve as a boast and motivation to improve our performance in the region,” she said.
McLeod-Katjirua said the envisaged development will add value to service delivery in the education sector and will prove to be a massive development to the entire region.
“The laying of the cornerstone today was brought about by commitments and sacrifices, and we owe it to all those role players who initiated and facilitated this process for us to realise the stage we are witnessing today,” she noted.
The Governor also used the occasion to condemn the recent reports involving learners undressing in front of a teacher and others fondling a fellow learner at the Wennie du Plessis High School here.
Referring to the incident as ‘barbaric acts’ and ‘a naked contest’, the Governor urged relevant stakeholders in the education fraternity to take drastic steps to address the incident in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.