Nantu holds Otjozondjupa elective conference at Grootfontein

GROOTFONTEIN: The Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu)’s one-day elective conference for the Otjozondjupa Region took place at Grootfontein on Saturday.

The union’s regional elective conference took place at the Omulunga Community Hall in Grootfontein under the theme ‘Hard work, dedication and professionalism for quality education in the country’.

Nantu Deputy Secretary-General, Loide Shaanika oversaw the conference.

In her official opening remarks, Shaanika thanked all Nantu members in the region for the commitment they have shown by attending the regional elective conference.

She called upon all present members to the elective conference to elect leaders whom they are sure will be able to unite teachers countrywide.

“Elect your own leaders who you are will protect Nantu’s constitution and its reputation,” she stated.

She urged the delegates to also come up with resolutions which the new leadership should strive to achieve during their five years in office.

Shaanika said Nantu was founded in 1989, and at present 15 600 of the 24 000 teachers countrywide are registered as members of the union.

The outgoing chairperson of Nantu in the Otjozondjupa Region, Peacock Mbakera told Nampa in an interview on Saturday 70 delegates were attending the conference.

“All six branches of Nantu in the region are represented,” said Mbakera.

The six Nantu branches in Otjozondjupa Region are Okahandja, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Grootfontein and Tsumkwe.

He said the positions to be contested are those of the Otjozondjupa regional Nantu chairperson, regional deputy chairperson, regional secretary and deputy secretary.

The position of treasurer, secretaries for co-ordination and organising committee, information and publicist as well as that of gender co-ordination were also all to be contested at the conference.

The outcome of the elections would be announced at the hall on Saturday evening, Mbakera said.

Two independent election observers from the National Youth Service (NYS) were also present at the conference.

The Otjozondjupa Regional Education Director, Faustina Caley and the Grootfontein mayor, Emma Taukuheke also attended the official opening of the conference.