Sports, youth and national service ministry gets N.dollars 18 million boost

Nearly N.dollars 306 million has been allocated to the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service in the 2020/21 National Budget, which is about N.dollars 18 million more than last year.

This was revealed when Minister of Finance Ipumbu Shimi tabled the N.dollars 72.8 billion national budget in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The ministry was allocated N.dollars 306 860 000, which is N.dollars 18 573 000 more than in the 2019/20 budget were the three directorates – sports, youth, and national service got N.dollars 288 287 000.

Activities planned for the 2020/21 financial year include construction of the Eenhana sports complex, construction of ministerial head quarter, as well as the Swakopmund multi-purpose youth resource centre and the Frans Dimbare Integrated Rural Youth Development Centre.

The finance minister said COVID-19 presents urgent spending needs for the health sector and responsiveness to support livelihoods and economic sectors which are severely affected by the direct impact of the pandemic.

“The medium-term expenditure outlook and policy stance would depend on how the pandemic plays out globally. A full medium-term expenditure outlook and accompanying package of structural policy reforms will, therefore, be presented during the 2020 mid-year budget review, once we have a better understanding of the impact of Covid-19 and our reform program is firmly underway,” Ipumbu said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency