Otjozondjupa population increasing

OTJIWARONGO: The population of Otjozondjupa Region has increased with nearly 9 000 people in 10 years.

The Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Samuel Nuuyoma made this announcement on Friday during a one-day information sharing meeting in Otjiwarongo.

The meeting attended by different regional heads of Government Ministries here was organised by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA).

The meeting was mainly also used as a platform to reveal findings of the National 2011 Population and Housing Census conducted by the NSA from 28 August to 15 September 2011.

The NSA Census report indicates an increase in the population of the Otjozondjupa Region by 0.6 per cent from 2001 to 2011.

In 1991, the Otjozondjupa Region had less than 103 000 people, and in 2001 there were less than 136 000 people in the whole region.

“In 2011, the NSA noted an impressive increase of nearly 9 000 people, making us to have nearly 144 000 people in the region. This is a good figure for our economic growth,” said Nuuyoma.

He then called on the managers at the Otjozondjupa Regional Council to seriously take note of the regional population growth, saying the regional council was tasked by central government to develop the rural areas through deploying basic services like electricity, water, medical and education services.

Nuuyoma also called on the local authorities in the region to make sure town land is serviced continuously, and to be ready to avail it for the construction of schools and hospitals in order to match the increasing needs of the population.

“This information is supposed to assist our development planning activities like where to take health facilities, distribute education resources, build electricity and water supply stations,” he noted.

According to the 2011 Population and Housing Census report, the Otjozondjupa Region faces challenges of unemployment, poverty, socio-economic inequalities and shortages of skilled labour force.

Meanwhile, the cover page of the Otjozondjupa regional 2011 census report carries the geographical map of the //Karas Region.

The Deputy Director of Strategic Communication at NSA, Iipumbu Sakaria explained that the NSA will have to rectify this mistake before distributing more copies of the region’s census report.