Namibians Urged to Strive for Self-Sacrifice

PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba has urged Namibians to adopt the culture of self-sacrifice and hard work, in order to make Namibia a better place.

Pohamba was speaking last week at the conferment of national honours of the veterans of the national liberation struggle, politicians, men and women in uniform, academics, members of the clergy, diplomats, businesspersons, medical personnel and sportsmen and women.

He said many of those who fought did not get the privilege to enjoy the fruits of independence. It was important that their invaluable contributions to the national liberation struggle, as well as those who continue to excel in delivering service in all spheres of socio-economic development are recognised.

“This event was therefore organised in order to honour identified Namibians for the various roles they played in serving our country,”

Pohamba congratulated the recipients, while urging others to follow suit. “I am confident that this recognition will inspire other Namibians to do their best in order to make Namibia a better place.”

“By bestowing these honours upon you, the nation is saying your good work has not gone unnoticed. Namibia is proud of what you have done. We say thank you to each and every one of you,”

Addressing those who have not received such honours, Pohamba said, “I wish to emphasise that the nation has noted your deeds. I urge you to continue working hard and remain steadfast in the service of our people,”

He said the country has made great strides in the past 24 years and has recorded achievements in various fields despite many challenges.

“We have maintained peace and stability, which are prerequisites for economic development and social progress,” Pohamba said.

He said Namibia is making progress because of the combined efforts of hard-working and dedicated Namibians who are focused on doing their best for the country. “We are making progress because our men and women have made it their mission to go beyond the call of duty in serving the nation,” Pohamba said.

The national honours were conferred to 395 people. Among them, were First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, former First Lady Kovambo Nujoma, and retired bishop Zephania Kameeta who received the most brilliant order of the sun first class finance minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and works minister Erkki Nghimtina who received the most brilliant order of the sun second class Monika Kalondo who received the most distinguished order of Namibia fourth class and Johanna Benson who was awarded the most distinguished order of Namibia fifth class.

Kuukongelwa-Amadhila expressed gratitude for the recognition.

“I am grateful and humbled by the recognition. Let me also acknowledge the support that others have given me to achieve the success I have achieved today,” she said.

Source : The Namibian