OMUTHIYA: President Hifikepunye Pohamba wants the strengthening of the education system at all levels and the provision of quality health care, affordable housing and sanitation in Namibia to continue receiving increased Government attention.
Speaking at the 2012 Heroes’ Day commemoration at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region on Sunday, Pohamba said strengthening the country’s education system is one of the vital ingredients for the achievement of sustainable socio-economic development.
According to the President, it is only through a stronger and well-managed education system that Namibia can effectively and efficiently train a professional and productive workforce.
“It is a proven fact that societies that have high literacy rates tend to be more prosperous and their people, a higher standard of living,” Pohamba noted, adding that this is what Namibia should strive for.
He also indicated that the policies and programmes the Namibian Government has put in place demonstrate that it is committed to improving the country’s education system in order to broaden access and to ensure equity as a means of empowering citizens.
This, according to the Head of State, included the ongoing constructions of new classrooms, teachers’ housing, libraries, laboratories and administrative blocks at various schools around the country, especially in the rural areas.
In the area of health, Pohamba said, the government is sparing no efforts to provide affordable, reliable and quality health care to the people, because it believes that a healthy nation is a productive nation.
He promised that the Omuthiya State Hospital will be officially opened soon. The modern health facility will serve the community of Omuthiya and the surrounding areas.
“It is also because of our commitment to the provision of quality health care that I recently appointed a Presidential Commission of Inquiry to study various aspects of our public health care system and to make recommendations on improving service delivery to our people,” Pohamba stated.
Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma, some Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, Members of Parliament and King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas of the Ondonga Tribe also attended the Heroes’ Day commemoration event at Omuthiya on Sunday.