Every Namibian citizen should play their part: Pohamba

WINDHOEK: Every Namibian citizen should play his/her part to contribute towards the development of this country, said President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

The head of state made the appeal here on Friday during the 24th Independence celebration held at the Independence Stadium, while delivering his keynote address.

“Each one of use, whether we are teachers, nurses, engineers, lawyers, farmers, civil servants, business person, politician, traditional leader, spiritual leader, community leader, peasants and ordinary citizens should all play our role and contribute to the development of our country,” he said, adding that together “we can overcome and eradicate poverty”.

Pohamba further stated that standing together as a nation and fighting to overcome poverty will improve the living conditions of the Namibian people and together they shall make Namibia’s star ‘shine brighter’.

He furthermore stated that as a nation they shall continue to work hand-in-hand with the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union, The United Nations and other international organisations to fight for global peace and security and for sustainable development.

“We will also equally stand firm in solidarity with the peoples of Western Sahara and Palestine until they too, are able to exercise their inalienable rights to self-determination,” he said.

Pohamba noted that democracy in Namibia has ensured peace and stability and has provided a conducive environment for socio-economic development and progress, adding that they are facing the future with confidence and determination, regardless of the challenges in their ways that he describe as insurmountable.

“I am confidant that our nation will always stand and work together for the achievement of our National Development Goals and vision 2030 and I am confident that we will continue to give our very best to this Land of the Brave,” said the President confidently.

He also advised the nation not to look back at the apartheid colonialism Namibia went through, saying that Namibia’s victory over that colonialism 24 years ago has put them on a new course and the nation should forge ahead, motivated by the dedication of those who fought for the country’s independence.

“Namibians must harness all the resources that our country is endowed with, to eradicate poverty, deliver quality services to all, expand infrastructure and make Namibia a better society,” he stressed, adding that no Namibian should be left behind.

“All our people should have equal opportunity to realise their potential and let us move forward together as a visionary nation towards vision 2013,” he said.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan was the guest of honour at the 24th Independence celebration, who came to Namibia for a two-day state visit.

Among other Government officials from Nigeria and Namibia, the Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma also attended the celebration.

Members of the community also came out in numbers to celebrate the day.

(edited)WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba says every Namibian citizen should play their part to contribute to the development of the country.

The Head of State made the appeal here on Friday, during the 24th Independence celebrations held at the Independence Stadium, while delivering his keynote address.

“Each one of us, whether we are teachers, nurses, engineers, lawyers, farmers, civil servants, business persons, politicians, traditional leaders, spiritual leaders, community leaders, and ordinary citizens should all play our role and contribute to the development of our country,” he said.

Pohamba further stated that standing together as a nation and fighting to overcome poverty will improve the living conditions of Namibians.

He furthermore stated that Namibia as a nation should continue to work hand-in-hand with the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations to fight for global peace and security and sustainable development.

Pohamba noted that democracy in Namibia has ensured peace and stability and has provided a conducive environment for socio-economic development and progress, adding that Namibians are facing the future with confidence and determination.

“I am confident that our nation will always stand and work together for the achievement of our national development goals and Vision 2030, and I am confident that we will continue to give our very best to this Land of the Brave,” the President said.

He also advised Namibians not to look back at the apartheid and colonialism Namibia went through, saying that the country’s victory over colonialism 24 years ago put it on a new course and the nation should forge ahead, motivated by the dedication of those who fought for the country’s independence.

“Namibians must harness all the resources our country is endowed with to eradicate poverty, deliver quality service to all, expand infrastructure, and make Namibia a better society,” he stressed.

The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan was the guest of honour at the 24th Independence celebrations. He arrived in Namibia on Thursday for a two-day State visit.

Amongst others, former President Sam Nujoma and senior Government officials from Nigeria and Namibia attended the Independence celebrations.

Members of the community also came out in numbers to celebrate the day.

SOURCE: NAMPA