Over N.dollars 90 billion spent on development projects since independence

Minister of Economic Planning Obeth Kandjoze announced on Thursday that the government has spent between N.dollars 90 and 100 billion on development since independence.

Kandjoze made the announcement during the launch of a report titled Namibia’s 30 years developmental journey, which was launched at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology in Windhoek, the report highlights some of the achievements and milestones achieved to date.

Kandjoze said, government embarked on building a Namibia that every citizen wished for through the establishment several of institutions, frameworks and policies like the National Development Plans which replaced the Transitional Plan which was formed in 1991, and now the current one which is Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5).

He said that as the country celebrates 30 years of independence, it is worth mentioning the milestones and achievements, achieved because before independence there was only 1313 primary and secondary schools combined, but now there are about 1885 schools in the country meant to educate the Namibian child.

“Higher education institutions increased countrywide, and this has increased access to higher education compared to the pre-independence era,” said Kandjoze.

He said that, government has also managed to increase access to health care centers, resulting in a high number of health care centers and clinics that have been constructed, reducing the number of households with access to a health clinics in radius of two kilometers or less.

“As for natural resources, positive strides have been made since independence, with local fishing rights, for example, having increased from none to over 200 rights to date. Moreover, significant progress has also been recorded in the aquaculture sub-sector where to date there are 122 fishing ponds countrywide,” explained Kandjoze.

Kandjoze added that, it is gratifying to note that the mining sector has also contributed significantly to the economy over the years as they contributed 10 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product since 1990, and to-date, there are 38 mining companies in the country and 938 have active mining explorations contributing over N.dollars 2 billion in royalties in 2018.

Therefore all the mentioned projects and others have costed government over N.dollars 90 billion and government continue developing the country, he concluded.

Source: Namibia Press Agency