Over 800 people participate in clean-up campaign at Otjiwarongo

Over 800 residents of Otjiwarongo including learners from different schools turned up for the national clean-up campaign exercise that took place at the town on Saturday.

The clean-up event was officially launched in May 2018 by President Hage Geingob and has become an annual event in the country.

At Otjiwarongo the participants who were led by the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge had gathered at Etambi township shortly after 07h00 where they started with their cleaning activities.

Before dispersing into groups to various areas, Ipinge made a short statement to encourage the local authority councils of Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Grootfontein, Okakarara and Okahandja to invest resources and educate their residents, businesspeople and other stakeholders about the culture of hygiene and cleanliness.

Education and awareness on cleanliness is an important vehicle that would assist us in facilitating a long-term culture of proper waste management so that we can easily achieve our goal of keeping Namibia clean, said Ipinge.

Ipinge also called on the residents in the region to become environment ambassadors and volunteers who would protect the nature from any harm and planting of trees, regular cleaning exercises and campaign against littering.

Then the huge crowd of people including members of the Namibian defence and police forces, employees of local banks, the D and M Rail Construction, municipality and regional council were divided into six groups.

Each group was given a team leader and area in the informal settlements of DRC, Ombili, Tsaraxa Aibes and Telecom to clean.

The participants Nampa spoke to expressed excitement to see their areas being cleaned.

Gareth Kondiri said cleaning is a good exercise that needs support of the all local and regional authorities, saying it is through a clean area one would be seen as a hygienic person.

As Namibians we need to do this regularly and keep our surroundings clean. I feel really good to see our town being cleaned, he said.

Elizabeth Nekongo on her part said the effort of keeping Otjiwarongo and Namibia clean should embraced by all citizens.

It is really important to keep our towns clean, because if we don't clean ourselves, none will do it for us, she said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency