Omaheke Governor, Festus Ueitele has described 2017 as an eventful year requiring retrospection and rededication, which should also be the main focus for this year.
Ueitele made the remarks in a media statement on Monday in which he reviewed the programmes, projects and work of his office during the just-ended year.
He noted that in line with the first pillar of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), which deals with effective governance and service delivery, the staff of his office and the Directorate of Education, Arts and Culture declared their businesses and other interests.
The relevant documentation was then forwarded to the respective head offices, Ueitele said.
The governor further stated that measures have been put in place to improve service delivery by various ministries and local authorities.
As part of this, the Gobabis Council established an Integrity Management Committee with the assistance of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), which is tasked with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Gobabis Municipality’s Integrity Management Road Map.
“My office will further undertake to ensure that more ministries adhere to the execution of good governance and service delivery.”
Ueitele was at pains to note that the region is still confronted with a high number of children living on the streets of Gobabis, describing the issue as a “ticking time bomb”.
He said his office has taken the matter on in 2017, through the hosting of a stakeholders’ meeting.
“My office is working closely with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare and hosts regular visitations to the homes of the identified children,” said Ueitele.
The governor however noted that the issue remains unsolved and requires an in depth study to determine its root causes in order to devise a lasting solution.
Touching on the Governor’s Charity Project, Ueitele pledged that his office will continue visiting the homesteads of the less fortunate, the marginalised and vulnerable to hand over food packages over the festive season.
“I call on development partners to join us in assisting the less fortunate. As the quote by Winston Churchill says, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give’,” Ueitele said.
- Title: Ueitele reflects on 2017
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