Geingob says single parenting a serious issue

MARIENTAL: President Hage Geingob on Friday called on single mothers to make use of opportunities provided by government, especially in the awarding of fishing quotas.

Addressing community members and listening to their grievances in the town as part of his visit to the Hardap region, Geingob raised the concern that many single mothers in Namibia are boasting with bringing up their children alone.

“I get the impression that single mothers are proud to be single mothers. What happened to the fathers? You really think it is an achievement?” he asked with some laughter from the audience.

Single parenting is a serious issue, and need also urgent attention. Geingob suggested that women should organize themselves to form a group and make use of applying for fishing quotas with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.

The ministry has over the years give quotas to previously disadvantaged citizens especially women to allow them to maximize on their allocated quotas. Geingob also expressed concern about the huge outstanding water and electricity bills to municipalities of the elderly in the country. Some are staying as for long as 30 years in a house, but are in arrears of thousands of N.dollars for water and electricity accounts. Most are likely to lose their homes. Some has also no access to clean and affordable water, according to Geingob.

Amongst the many concerns raised by the community, are the slow development of the towns; gravel roads which pose a risks to motorists; poor treatment of farmer workers; non-financial assistance from the banking sector to the youth, who wants to venture in businesses; lack and shortages of doctors at clinics and hospitals; and the exclusion of locals in tender allocations especially in the construction industry.

Geingob called for unity among the residents in the region, noting that the citizens of the country belong to one Namibian house that include all the various ethnic groups painted with the colors of the national flag.

“Let us go back to basics. One Namibia, One Nation. The Namibian Constitution forms the foundation of the Namibian house,” he added.

Geingob was accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa, Mines and Energy Minister Obeth Kandjoze, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, and the special advisors in the Office of the President that included Albertus Aochamub (press secretary or government spokesperson), Daisry Mathias (special advisor on youth matters), Inge Zamwaani-Kamwi (constitutional advisor and private sector interface), Tom Alweendo (Economic Planning), John Steytler (Economic Advisor), Penny Akwenye (policy advisor on implementation and monitoring).