President says Namibia has surpassed targets set by MDGs

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba says Namibia has already achieved important milestones and in some areas, the country has surpassed the targets set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Speaking at the fifth Swapo-Party congress that kicked off here yesterday morning, Pohamba said Namibia continues to make progress towards the attainment of medium and long-term national development goals.

He highlighted the progress the country has made in the sector of education, where school enrolment figures for girls are now higher than that for boys, as well as in the areas of the provision of potable water, housing and sanitation.

In the area of health, Pohamba said Namibia has done well in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission and in providing anti-retroviral treatment for HIV-positive people. Substantial resources have been allocated to boost local food production and further expand the Green Scheme Initiative, he said.

About 600 delegates from the party’s different wings, unions and political regions are attending the four-day congress, which will elect the party’s vice-president who will ultimately stand as the party’s candidate in the 2014 presidential elections.

2 (WALVIS BAY: Councillor Uillika Nambahu was on Wednesday elected as the new mayor of Walvis Bay for the 2012/2013 term, during the office-bearers’ election held here. This will be the second time Nambahu serves as mayor of the harbour town, after previously holding the position during the 2008/2009 term.

Delivering her acceptance speech, Nambahu said she sees her election not only as an opportunity to tackle projects and programmes implemented during her previous term, but also for the continuation of projects and programmes placed in motion by outgoing mayor, Derek Klazen. She went on to say that even though the municipality faces a number of challenges, these will be overcome.

She explained that land development remains the largest challenge for the municipality as it is the most expensive issue from a developmental point of view, but said no resources should be spared to restore hope for people by giving them access to land and affordable houses. Benson Uakumbua retained his position of Deputy Mayor.