Oshikango businesspeople ignore cleaning campaign

OSHIKANGO: Poor participation was experienced during a town cleaning campaign here last Friday.

The cleaning operation was held under the auspices of the Helao Nafidi Town Council in the Ohangwena Region.

The campaign coincided with a belated remembrance of World Environment Day, which is marked every year on 05 June worldwide.

Only 110 children and a few teachers from 10 local schools participated in the cleaning campaign, despite a large number of local and international companies and individuals carrying out business at the Oshikango suburb of Hellao Nafidi on a daily basis.

Ohangwena regional governor Usko Nghaamwa, who addressed the children after the cleaning campaign, expressed dissatisfaction that only three out of hundreds of Oshikango businesspeople participated in the cleaning.

Nghaamwa called on the Oshikango businesspeople and residents to continue cleaning from where the school children left off last Friday.

The governor believes business will flourish and tourists will flock to the Helao Nafidi town once cleanliness “becomes party” to daily business activities of the town, especially at the Oshikango suburb.

Speaking at the same event, Helao Nafidi mayor Paulus Haikali pointed out that schoolchildren could not remove all the waste last Friday and, as such, the cleaning should continue on a daily basis.

The foreman of Welco Recycling, Lukas Matias told Nampa at the end of the cleaning campaign that his company was one of the three business entities which took part in the cleaning.

Matias pointed out that his company provided 20 of its workers for the cleaning campaign, unlike other businesses which ignored the cleaning operation.

“We participated in the cleaning campaign because we are Namibians and this is our house,” Matias said, adding that many businesspeople at the town are foreigners and, as such, they are only interested in making money.

Many residents and visitors have complained that Oshikango is dirty and unhygienic.