Erongo population increases, Mutjavikua calls for more services

SWAKOPMUND: Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua is calling on all local authorities and individuals here to provide basic services to residents, as the population has increased.

Mutjavikua was speaking during the launch of the Erongo regional profile and presentation of the 2011 Population and Housing Census’ statistics in Swakopmund on Monday.

The statistics for Erongo indicate that the population has increased from 55 470 in 1991 to 107 663 in 2001, and to 150 809 in 2011.

He thus encouraged officials in decision-making positions such as chief executive officers (CEOs), town planners as well as Directors of Education to prioritise the provision of shelter, health and education in the region.

“Statistics are very important for proper planning, so let us look at the statistics and carefully plan to provide the basic services of health, shelter and education to our people. That is the only way our people can live in harmony,” stated the governor.

He said the increase in population is a challenge to authorities and government to make sure that people have sanitation, clean water, houses and education as these are key performance areas.

Mutjavikua also registered his unhappiness towards local authority CEOs and Education Heads of Departments in the whole region for not showing up at the event, saying they always have excuses.

“It is a pity that such people who are also supposed to be here are not present. I guess they have better things to do than this,” remarked the politician wryly.

He said they indeed need to be at such events, where they will learn what the communities need so that they could plan better.

“It is high time that local authorities leave petty issues, and focus on service delivery. Land-servicing is one of the very important services, and when you have these statistics, you can plan better on how much to service,” stressed the governor.

According to the census’ statistics for the year 2011, there were 32.5 per cent people living in shacks in the Erongo Region, while 41.1 per cent were living in brick-houses.

In terms of power supply, 76.4 per cent of the residents had access to electricity, while 7.6 per cent uses gas.

About 96.3 per cent of the people in the region had access to safe drinking water, while 1.7 per cent used rivers or streams to access drinking water.

Access to private toilets was available to 45.8 per cent of the population, while 10.6 of residents do not have access to toilets at all.