MP wants better access to sports facilities for disabled

WINDHOEK: The SWAPO Party’s Member of Parliament (MP) Alexia Manombe-Ncube has called on the Ministry of Youth National Services, Sport and Culture to make sport facilities accessible to people living with disabilities.

Manombe-Ncube made this statement here on Monday during that Ministry’s budget debate, questioning the Ministry if they have ever thought of making such provisions.

“You have events taking place at places like the Independence stadium, but some of us are excluded. We are not able to attend such activities because if you come there you are not even where people are because it does not serve any purpose,” she said, adding that the situation has been there for a ‘long-time’.

Manombe-Ncube also raised her concern on the same issues of accessibly that she does not know if the Ministry is not budgeting to address that issue or if it just never thought of making such environments conducive for everyone.

She however applauded the Ministry for making the newly inaugurated national museum accessible to people living with disabilities.

“I thank this Ministry for making the environment around the national museum conducive for people living with disabilities, because they will be able to attend to it as they wish,” she applauded.

Other MP’s have also called on the Ministry to maintain the well-being of different sport facilities in the country.

The Minister of Land and Resettlement, Alpheus !Naruseb and MP Elifas Dingara called on that Ministry to properly have an eye on the maintenance of those facilities.

Dingara stated that maintenance of sport facilities have become a problem, noting that if they don’t maintain them then the country will lose what it has.

Naruseb also called on the Ministry to find resources to put up facilities for the youngsters in different towns.

On his part, MYNSSC’s Minister Jerry Ekandjo said they at this stage only have plans to improve regional sport facilities.

The Ministry received N.dollars 709 245 000 00 from the Ministry of Finance’s budget allocation for the 2014/15 financial year.

According to Ekandjo, N.dollars 628 845 000 00 has been budgeted for their operational budget, while N.dollars 80 400 00 00 is for the development budget.

Ekandjo however said the development budget will not cater for all projects, stating that they will start off improving the regional stadiums first before moving to the facilities in each town.

The Minister also stressed that local authorities are the ones responsible for the maintenance of the sport facilities in the towns and regions.

The Ministry earlier last week announced during the Ministry’s budget discussion introduction that they will embark upon upgrading the Oshakati Independence Stadium with an artificial turf during the 2014/15 financial year.

They however did not point out the names of other facilities that they will upgrade in this financial year.

(edited)WINDHOEK: Swapo-Party Member of Parliament (MP) Alexia Manombe-Ncube has called on the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture to make sports facilities accessible to people living with disabilities.

She made this statement in the National Assembly on Monday, during the debate on that ministry’s budget allocation for the 2014/15 financial year.

“You have events taking place at places like the Independence Stadium, but some of us are excluded. We are not able to attend such activities because if you come there you are not even where people are,” Manombe-Ncube said.

She remarked that she does not know whether the ministry does not budget for the issue of proper access to sports facilities, or if it “just never thought of” making such environments accessible to everyone.

She however applauded the ministry for making the newly inaugurated Independence Memorial Museum accessible to people living with disabilities.

“I thank this ministry for making the environment around the national museum conducive for people living with disabilities, because they will be able to attend to it as they wish,” she said.

Other MPs also called on the ministry to maintain the various sports facilities around the country.

The Minister of Land and Resettlement, Alpheus !Naruseb and MP Elifas Dingara called on the ministry to keep an eye on the maintenance of the facilities.

Dingara stated that such maintenance has become a problem, noting that if facilities are not maintained properly, the country will lose out on what it already has.

!Naruseb called on the ministry to find the resources to establish facilities for youngsters in different towns.

On his part, Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo said they at this stage only have plans to improve regional sport facilities.

The ministry’s budget allocation for the 2014/15 financial year was N.dollars 709 245 000.

According to Ekandjo, N.dollars 628 845 000 has been budgeted for their operational budget, while N.dollars 80,4 million goes towards the development budget.

He however noted that the development budget will not cater for all projects, stating that they will start off by improving regional stadiums before moving on to other sports facilities in each town.

The minister also stressed that local authorities are responsible for the maintenance of sports facilities in the towns and regions.

The ministry last week announced that they will amongst others embark upon upgrading the Oshakati Independence Stadium with artificial turf during the 2014/15 financial year.

SOURCE: NAMPA